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The Pine Line

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Introduction

The Pine Line is a rail-trail in Taylor and Price Counties, Wisconsin. It is named for the huge quantities of eastern white pine shipped on the route between 1876 and 1988 by the Wisconsin Central Railroad and because of the beautiful stands of pine which presently clothe the trail.

The actual rail trail is 26.2 miles long, starting on Morner Road in Price County and ending on Allman Street in Medford. Plans are underway to extend the trail into downtown Prentice and Medford. A temporary trailhead can be accessed via town and county roads at Buccaneer Park in Prentice. (April 1-November 30 only.)

The southernmost 3 miles are surfaced with limestone screenings. The remainder of the trail is surfaced with crushed gravel. The northern portion of the trail runs through the terminal moraine left by the Wisconsin glacier 12,000 years ago. Hardwood forests cover the hummocks and hills. Numerous cedar swamps and bogs boast interesting wetland vegetation. The southern half of the trail is typified by picturesque Wisconsin dairy farms. Wildlife is abundant. Numerous active beaver dams can be seen adjacent to the trail.

The trail is owned by Price and Taylor Counties and managed by the Price-Taylor Rail Trail Commission.

There are no fees for trail use. The trail is supported by area snowmobile clubs and users. To support the trail, join the Price-Taylor Rail Trail Association, c/o Gerald Meyer, 530 South Gibson, Medford, WI 54451,(715) 748-3357.


Facilities

PARKING for the trail is available at the Allman Street trail head in Medford, on municipal streets in Ogema, Westboro, Chelsea, the Whittlesey parking lot, and at the Buccaneer Park trailhead in Prentice.

FOOD is available at Medford, Whittlesey, Westboro, Ogema and Prentice. CAMPING is featured at Medford City Park, Rib Lake Village Park,and the Mondeaux Flowage Campground (8 miles west of Westboro).

GROCERY/CONVENIENCE STORES are found in Medford, Westboro, Ogema and Prentice.

WELLWATER is available during the summertime at Medford City Park, Chelsea Lake County Park (1/4 mile west of trail in Chelsea), Rib Lake Village Park, and Buccaneer Park in Prentice.

Trail Ethics

  • Wear suitable clothing. Be ready for changing weather conditions.
  • Make sure equipment is in proper working condition.
  • Know your physical limitations and stay on the marked trails. Use caution at road crossings.
  • Inform someone of your plans, your destination, and your expected time of return.
  • Carry out and properly dispose of refuse.
  • Do not start fires.
  • Respect adjacent property to the trail.Do not disturb plants and animals.
  • Ride defensively. Travel on right side of the trail and signal when overtaking.
  • Report trail damage, vandalism and accidents to law enforcement authorities.

 

 

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