The Medford area offers outstanding diversity in outdoor recreational opportunities. County rivers and lakes combine with federal, state, and county forests to offer the finest in year-round recreation. Taylor County is noted for excellent small game, deer and waterfowl hunting. Game fish and panfish are plentiful with almost 100 lakes in the area. The Chequamegon National Forest covers one-third of Taylor County, providing unlimited opportunities for hiking, camping, bird and wildlife watching, fishing and hunting. Taylor County maintains an excellent forest and park system offering some of the best camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing in the state. Cross-country ski trails abound and over 300 miles of snowmobile trails, professionally groomed by the Taylor County Snowmobile Association and eleven snowmobile clubs, are available for winter recreational use.
ICE AGE TRAIL. The longest unbroken stretch of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail – 60 miles of it – is in Taylor County. It offers some of the best hiking in the state. (state ice age trail web site)
THE PINE LINE. The Pine Line is a rail-trail in Taylor and Price Counties. The actual trail is 26.2 miles long and 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 Pine Line is open for non-motorized use such as bicycling, hiking and jogging from April 1-November 30. pony Express ride has also been added. Snowmobile and ATV’s are allowed on the trail from December 1-March 31 ( weather permitting). There are no fees for trail use. Annual events are scheduled on the trail such as the Pine Line Marathon held the fourth Saturday of April. (For a map of the trail please contact the Chamber Office)
PERKINSTOWN MOTORIZED TRAIL. Twenty miles of trail developed for ATVs and motorcycles as well as mountain bikes, horseback riding and other non-motorized activities through the scenic Chequamegon National Forest. Offers opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and experience. The trail is highlighted by rolling terrain, wooden bridges, woods and wetlands. (map available by clicking on the link) (Medford/Taylor Made ATV Club)
CAMP 8 ATV TRAIL. Twelve miles of trail with additions being considered. The trail is located entirely on county forest property. The trails are for the most part old logging roads developed through forest management. Terrain varies from flat to very hilly. Trails cross small streams and poorly drained areas, so please use discretion to avoid erosion and damage to vegetation. This is a two-way trail used by other recreationists, so reasonable speed and awareness of others is required. There are six rustic campsites which have access to a hand pump well and vault toilet. There is no-fee camping with no reservation system. (map available by clicking on the link)
PERKINSTOWN WINTER SPORTS AREA. A very popular outdoor winter getaway spot for everyone offering downhill tubing with a rope tow and stairway and cross-country ski trails. The warming chalet is available for those who want to cozy up to the fireplace or satisfy their hunger with warm food and hot or cold beverages. The tubing hill is open winter weekends from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, 11a.m. -5 p.m on Saturday and (Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Located just 16 miles west of Medford on Highway 64 then right (north) on FR 119 4.4 miles to the chalet. (map available by clicking on the link) Call 715-785-7722 or 715-748-4729 for more information.
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CAMP FOREST SPRINGS. Deep in the forest along the rustic glacial ridge of northern Wisconsin is a place you can come and find refreshment. The 570 acre setting provides a rich combination of natural beauty and modern conveniences, with Bible instruction and activities that help campers gain a fresh focus on the important relationships in their lives. Our desire is to demonstrate the grace of God by meeting physical needs of others, encouraging their understanding of God’s Word, providing a place for personal reflection, and offering guided recreational activities.
MONDEAUX FLOWAGE RECREATION AREA. One of the most family-oriented areas in the northwoods. It has something for everyone – five camping areas, concession stand, shelter, swimming, hiking trails, boating, fishing, historical sites and much more. (Mondeaux Dam Lodge)
CHEQUAMEGON WATERS (MILLER DAM FLOWAGE) The Chequamegon Waters are located 25 miles northwest of Medford (take Hwy 13 north to County Trunk M) or 20 miles North of Hwy 29 (Thorp exit) and take State Hwy 73 north to County Trunk G (east) or continue to County M (east) 3 miles.
CAMPGROUNDS. Within the Chequamegon National Forest and other parts of Taylor County are located some of the most beautiful recreational camping areas. Campgrounds can be found along the Chequamegon Waters (Miller Dam area), Mondeaux Dam Flowage, Rib Lake, county forest property and in the City of Medford park. All Chequamegon National Forest Campgrounds must be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or by visiting www.reserveusa.com. For a complete listing of campsites and amenities available please click on the provided link. (Taylor County Campsites)
RIB LAKE CROSS COUNTRY SKI & SNOWSHOE TRAILS These trails are some of Wisconsin’s finest trail systems. They are maintained by the Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Club, Inc. The system includes the popular two mile Beginners Ski Loop and an additional twenty-five miles of scenic, diverse trails through the Town of Rib Lake. These trails are free and open for public use during the winter ski season. Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Club
RUSTIC ROAD. Taylor County had the first Rustic Road in Wisconsin. Rustic Road No. 1 winds for five miles around numerous lakes and through outstanding glacial topography. Maintained for quiet and leisurely enjoyment.
QUIET WAYS. (Amish Living) As you drive the country roads southwest of Medford, the modern world fades, yielding to the quiet way of life that must be similar to the days of Laura Ingalls and her little house on the prairie. When visiting the Amish community, some things to be looking for are large, usually white, simple, non-decorative homes usually dark blue curtains in the windows and large, clean and litter-free farms with no motorized vehicles, horses in the fields and large vegetable gardens. (For a listing of local Amish businesses please contact the Tourism Office, 888-682-9567 or 715-748-4729)
PERSHING WILDLIFE AREA. In 1953, the Pershing Wildlife Area was established as a public hunting ground. Initially, land was leased from Taylor County, but in 1960, Taylor County donated 3,400 acres of land to the state. Today, Pershing totals 7,900 acres. (For more information and contact numbers please use the link provided)
Within Medford’s city limits the following can be found:
TOURIST PARK with shelters, grills, playground, campsites, swimming pool and a skate park. This city park also has tennis, baseball, softball, volleyball, and horse shoe facilities.
THE RIVERWALK along the Black River provides a beautiful path to stroll through Medford on, with benches and observation decks along the way to sit and admire the scenic environment.
MEDFORD CURLING CLUB offers one of the finest facilities in the state.
TEE HI GOLF COURSE is a nine hole course open to the public.
THE BLACK RIVER GOLF CLUB offers nine holes of golf and a clubhouse complete with bar.
SIMEK RECREATION CENTER is dedicated to ice hockey, figure and pleasure skating for six months out of the year, and hosts part of the Badger State Games in February. The remainder of the year it’s available for weddings, anniversaries, and indoor sports activities. The facility can accommodate groups up to 2,000 people and host car shows, flea markets, Business Expos and sport shows.
TAYLOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY This local museum offers a wide variety of items that date back to the settling of this area. The museum is open Thursday’s and Friday’s only from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year round.