NST Swamp Thing
In Wisconsin, United States
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This cache is just off of the Nicolet State Trail.
This county-operated trail meanders for more than 65 miles through the Nicolet National Forest in northeastern Wisconsin. The trail follows the same corridor built by railroad companies in the late 19th century to open up Wisconsin's pine and hardwood forests for the timber industry.
The trail is surfaced with highway-grade compacted gravel. Walking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) use are permitted on the trail. Trail uses vary by time of year and by county. The trail in Forest and Florence counties is new and some sections may still be under development. Look at the Florence, Forest, and Oconto county sections for more information.
All three counties have hundreds of miles of snowmobile and ATV routes that connect with the Nicolet State Trail. When operating a snowmobile or ATV, use only legally marked routes to leave the Nicolet trail. Cross-country travel through the Nicolet National Forest or on private land is prohibited.
Wild, free-flowing rivers and streams abound in this part of Wisconsin, adding to an area already rich in natural resources. The forest surrounding the trail is a haven for deer, black bears, loons, bald eagles, and wolves.
The Nicolet National Forest which encompasses the trail has an abundance of recreation opportunities. In addition to camping, hunting, fishing and water recreation, the forest provides numerous miles of trail for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing.
Forest County Segment
The Nicolet State Trail stretches 25 miles through Forest County. The trail is split into two sections. The southern section starts at the Forest/Oconto county line near the town of Carter and travels north for 12 miles through the communities of Wabeno and Blackwell. The southern section ends in the town of Laona near the intersection of U.S. Highway 8 and State Highway 32.
The north section of the trail starts at County Highway O in the township of Cavour and travels north 13 miles to the Forest/Florence county line. Just south of the county line the trail crosses the Popple River, a state designated wild river.
Forest County has extensive networks of both snowmobile and ATV routes that connect with the Nicolet State Trail; however the Nicolet trail is the only trail in Forest County open to both snowmobile and ATV use.
Horses are not allowed on the Nicolet State Trail in Forest County.
History of the railroad and logging era in Forest County can be seen along the trail. A 1916 Vulcan steam engine used by the Connor Lumber and Land Company is on display at the Camp 5 Logging Museum in Laona. There is also a logging museum in Wabeno with a replica of an old logging camp.
The trail in Forest County is new and some sections may still be under development. Two new trailheads are planned for the trail. The northern trailhead will be off of County Highway O, about one mile west of Highway 139, and the southern trailhead will be in Wabeno, between the town park and logging museum.
For more information, ask the Forest County Forestry/Parks Department.
The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to Craig Williams of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form.
Congrats to Sweetlife for the FTF on 8/9/2009
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Last Updated: on 10/23/2013 2:52:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:52 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum