This 6+ mile ride loops through the pristine Underdown Recreation Area. Expect lots of curves and some challenging riding as well as plenty of scenic views of the many ponds along the way. This wild area is a mixture of conifers and hardwoods—expect to hear the drumming of ruffed grouse and see lots of wildlife. The Underdown Recreation Area is off Copper Lake Avenue between County Highways H & J.
Council Grounds State Park (T & M), map on page 21
In addition to 7 miles of trails—including 2 miles of off-road trails—this 500 plus acre state park located on a lazy bend in the Wisconsin River is a great place to ride and spend the day. The well-maintained park has camping, a nature center and—for the weary biker—a swimming beach. Just west of the City of Merrill, it’s also a great jumping-off point for rides throughout Lincoln County.