Three Eagle Trail Foundation

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  • BIKING  ~   WALKING  ~  X-C SKIING TRAIL

    The Three Eagle Trail is an 12.7 mile long pedestrian pathway with a ten foot wide, crushed limestone surface. From Three Lakes it begins at Don Burnside Park and heads north following the former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad grade. At mile 3.5 the trail turns away from the rail grade and winds through a beautiful landscape of woodlands and wetlands. Features along the way include two scenic boardwalks and a bridge. The terrain is level to gently rolling. The area is quiet and remote. Be prepared with water, a first aid kit, insect protection and bike repair tools. The north trailhead, including a small parking area, is located on Sundstein Road, about four miles south of the City of Eagle River.

    A separate trail section is also accessible from Eagle River. From the Historic Rail Depot, head south past the DQ and follow the ten foot wide, crushed limestone path along the former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad grade for about 1.5 miles. The trail then leads through a mix of open land and forest to a secluded boardwalk and bridge.

    Beyond the boardwalk the trail continues on to a wooded upland, terminating at a primitive rest area almost 3 miles south of the DQ near Section 9 Road. This southern terminus of the Eagle River Section of the trail is about 1.5 miles north of the Sundstein Road Trailhead for the trail described above that runs 8.4 miles to Three Lakes.

    In the winter season, the northern 5 miles of the Three Lakes Trail are groomed for cross country skiing with a skate lane and classic track. The ski trail can be accessed from a small parking area on the west side of Highway 45, just 3 miles north of the Three Lakes business district, or from the Sundstein Road parking area. Also in winter, there are marked snowshoe trails at both ends of the XC Ski trail and near the southern terminus of the Eagle River Section of the trail, near the end of Section 9 Road, about 3 miles south of Eagle River on Sundstein Road.

    Motor vehicles are not allowed on the Trails except for electric mobility assistive devices, approved maintenance vehicles, emergency vehicles and snowmobiles on the marked snowmobile sections of the trails during snowmobile season. There is no fee to use the trail but donations for trail maintenance may be made at trailhead donation boxes. These trails are community facilities dependent on your cooperation and support. Three Eagle Trail Foundation is dedicated to the construction, maintenance and enhancement of the biking, walking and X-C trail.