|Anvil National Recreation Trail
This is one of the oldest and most popular cross-country ski
trails in the Eagle River area. Trails are groomed for traditional
style-skiing as well as ski-skating. Several loops are available
over varied terrain from easy to difficult. Originally constructed
in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the system has
since been expanded and was made part of the National Recreational
Trail System in 1978. The Anvil Trail system is adjacent to Anvil
Lake Campground and also connects with the Nicolet
North Trail system and to the Franklin
Lake Campground via a connector trail. Anvil is excellent
for hiking and mountain biking in summer and fall. It is also
a designated watchable wildlife area, especially for woodland
warblers. A trail map is available at the trailhead.
Directions: From Eagle River, take State Highway 70 east
for 9 miles to Parking Lot #1 on right (south), which can accommodate
20 vehicles. Or take State Highway 70 east 8 miles to Military
Road (FR 2178), and turn right (south) to Parking Lot #2 on the
left (east), which can accommodate 12 vehicles.
Trail Length: 12 miles, all loops.
Difficulty: Terrain varies from mostly level to hilly.
Trails are marked for degree of difficulty (beginner, intermediate,