Smith Rapids Saddle Trail

Trail Activities 

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Fat biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Hunting (must be 150 yards away from the trailhead)

About the Trail
Much of this trail follows along the banks of the South Fork of the Flambeau River, which offers open vistas and opportunities to view wildlife. The trail is peaceful, relatively flat and traverses a variety of forest types including pine plantations. A nearby day-use picnic area has drinking water, vault toilets, a grill, picnic table, river & stream fishing, and carry-in boat access; no garbage service. The Smith Rapids Campground is closed indefinitely but dispersed camping is permitted in the Forest. For more information, call 715-762-2461 or visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest website at or their office located at 1170 4th Avenue S./ Highway 13 in Park Falls.
The trail is closed from March 15 through April 30.


  • From the intersection of State Highways 13 and 70 in Fifield, drive east 12.5 miles on Highway 70 to Forest Road (FR) 148.Turn left (north) & continue on FR 148 1.8 miles to the parking area just south of the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge; no parking fee required at this location. 


  • 16 miles 

Trail Type 

  • Point-to-Point

Skill Level 

  • Easy to moderate

Aerobic Level 

  • Easy to moderate

Hiking & Biking
Hiking and biking are allowed. 
Horseback Riding
The trail was designed for equestrians. The best seasons to ride are in the spring or in September and October when the leaves are changing and the insects are gone. Mosquitoes and flies make bug repellent essential for riding in the summer months. The trail is well marked with reassurance markers. There are several intersections with old wood roads. Follow the markings to keep on trail. The eastern section of the trail is stabilized in wet areas by logs lying side by side. Use caution when crossing wet areas. 

Cross-country Skiing
Cross-country skiing is allowed. The trail is not groomed. 
Snowshoeing & Fat Biking
Snowshoeing and fat biking are allowed. The trail is not groomed.