About the Trail

The Gandy Dancer State Trail (southern segment) is located 60 miles NE of the Twin Cities in northwestern Wisconsin. The Gandy Dancer connects the communities of St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Lewis, Siren, Webster and Danbury. Constructed on a former railroad corridor, the trail is generally level and wheelchair accessible.

The Gandy’s southern segment is 47 miles and open to people powered activities Spring thru late Fall. The level grade and hard packed limestone surface is safe and accessible for people of all abilities. People love to hike, run, geocache, set personal goals and train for events on the Gandy. Many use it for daily bike rides, work commutes and walking.

A WI State Trail Pass is required for bicyclists age 16 or older. You can buy annual and daily passes from designated vendors along the trail or at the Polk and Burnett County Tourism Centers. Annual passes can be purchased here from Friends of Gandy Dancer. A state trail pass is not required for hiking and running.

Walking your dog? Awesome! Owners are required to pick up after pets and have them on a leash, 8 feet or shorter.

The Gandy Dancer is one of the area’s finest amenities and is host to more than 30 events and activities. You’re invited to come travel this well maintained corridor and look for birds, bears, mushrooms & wildflowers. Enjoy the woods, water, fields and villages.

The rural communities along the trail provide sites of interest as well as many services. Lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, ice cream shops, museums, art galleries and bike repair stations can be found in many of the trail towns.

Friends of Gandy Dancer invites you to explore the trail on your next vacation!

Additional links to help plan your adventure

Gandy Dancer State Trail (southern segment): recreation map
WI DNR website: Gandy Dancer State Trail
Burnett County: tourism information
Polk County: tourism information
The Croix Valley: summertime family vacations
Ice Age National Scenic Trail: 1,000-mile footpath tracing the Ice Age formations across Wisconsin

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail shares a 15.5 mile section of the Gandy Dancer State Trail.

Winter Trail Use Advisory:
Between Dec. 1 and March 31 ATV/UTV’s are permitted to use the trail when the ground is frozen. Snowmobiles are permitted on the trail when there is a 4-inch groomed snow base and trails are officially open.