Paavola Wetland Trail
The nature area contains our most complete trail system, with miles of hiking trails suitable for visitors of all ages. The trails are usable year-round, with some of the best times to visit when there is enough snow to snowshoe out through the wet areas surrounding the pond. In addition to the gentle hiking trails, Paavola also offers a universally accessible crushed-gravel trail linking vantage points on the beaver pond and farmstead clearing. This looped trail, perfect for those with families or disabilities, takes you through a range of forested and wetland habitats and is an important component of the Copper Country Trail. There is a large parking area and trailhead with a pit toilet for the public to use during your visit.
The main trailhead is near the end of No. 9 Road, north of Hancock off of US-41. There is substantial parking suitable for many vehicles, including school buses. See directions above for detailed instructions on how to find the trailhead. A small parking area (the original west trailhead) is available to tuck vehicles off the road. Neither parking area is plowed. However, traffic is light on No. 9 Road so you may park alongside the plowed shoulder.
Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.
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