The 98-mile Gandy Dancer Trail runs along the old Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad corridor from St. Croix Falls north to Superior. The trail is separated into two sections: the 51-mile northern section
(between Superior and Danbury) is primarily a snowmobile/ATV trail, while the 47-mile southern section (between St. Croix Falls and Danbury) offers a more traditional and leisurely rail-trail experience. The southern section has a well-maintained, crushed limestone surface and scenic views of northwestern Wisconsin.
"Gandy Dancer" is derived from the trail's former use as a railroad corridor. In the 1880s crews building and maintaining the corridor used tools manufactured by the Chicago-based Gandy Tool Company; crews often worked in unison to a vocal and mechanical beat, much like a well-rehearsed dance. Beginning in St. Croix Falls, the Gandy Dancer Trail travels north through the communities of Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Lewis, Siren, Webster and Danbury.
Before heading down the trail, consider a side trip to Interstate State Park (just down the road from the Polk County Information Center), where you can marvel at the beauty of the St. Croix River and the unique glacial heritage of the area. Once on the trail, be sure to take advantage of the many sights and amenities in each of the friendly towns along the way. Railroad buffs will enjoy the restored railroad depot and museum in Frederic.
A Wisconsin State Trail Pass
is required of all bicyclists 16 years of age or older riding the trail between St. Croix Falls and Danbury. Trail passes are available at the Polk County Information Center and from business vendors located in communities along the Trail.
From the intersection of US 8 and State Route 35 near St. Croix Falls, go south 0.25 mile to the Polk County Information Center for parking.
This review applies to the trail between Danbury and St. Croix Falls. While I did meet three bikers and a couple of hikers the trail does not appear to be heavily used. For most of the trail road bikes should have no problem. The exceptions of the portion ...
There's a great co-op grocery in Luck, two blocks east of the trial in downtown.
Take the road around the Siren airport. The trail is paved with grade 5 here, and the aggregate is too large.
The middle of the trail actually has alot of great amenities and the towns are quite close together. Luck, Fredric and Siren is a great 15 mile ride one way and then back the next day. There are restaurants and lodging in both Luck and Siren. Siren has ...