Auto, Motorcycle and Bicycle Tours in Price County
The roadways through Price County consist of lightly traveled state, county and forest roads, which provide picture-perfect scenes. Although a tour is great any time of the year, the fall colors in Price County are too breathtaking to miss and what better way to see these vibrant colors than through an auto, motorcycle or bicycle tour of the area.
PRENTICE / PHILLIPS (27 miles round trip): Take County A north out of Prentice. Turn right on County K and travel north. Turn left on Little Chicago Road and continue until the intersection with Highway 13. Ride north about 2.5 miles to Wisconsin Concrete County Park where you can rest and enjoy the unique artwork of Fred Smith. Continue into the city of Phillips to enjoy a full host of services and attractions. After your visit, head south on Highway 13 and turn left on County D. Travel on County D and turn right on County K , heading back to Prentice via County K and County A. County A takes you into downtown Prentice, where the trailhead for the Price-Taylor Rail Trail, The Pine Line , is nearby. Enjoy the wide variety of picnic areas and services available throughout Prentice.
SMITH RAPIDS BRIDGE / ROUND LAKE DAM (17 miles round trip): Take Hwy 70 east from Fifield. Start your trip at the Smith Rapids Campground. Head north on Forest Road 148. Turn right on Forest Road 144. Continue through the scenic beauty of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where you will find the Round Lake Logging Dam. Continue south on Forest Rd. 144 to Hwy. 70. Turn right on Hwy. 70 for four miles. Complete your trip by turning north onto Forest Rd 148 (Smith Rapids Road).
OGEMA / CATAWBA (18 miles one way): Beginning in Ogema, head west on Highway 86. Cross Highway 13 and follow County O eight miles to Hobbles Creek Road . Proceed on Hobbles Creek Road to the intersection of County I. Turn right onto County I and enter Catawba. There are grocery, hardware and convenience services there. You can extend your tour by turning back south on County I one-half mile. Turn right onto Midway Road and arrive in Kennan, Gateway to Big Falls County Park .
KENNAN / BIG FALLS (10 miles one way): Start the ride in Kennan, south of Highway 8 on County N. Continue south on County N past Kennan Park through rolling farmland until you reach the intersection of Big Falls Road. Turn right into the park. The park features rustic campsites and a beautiful stretch of rapids on the Jump River.
PRENTICE / OGEMA (25 miles round trip): Start your trip in the village of Prentice . Follow County C south where you will experience a breathtaking view of Timm's Hill. After spending time at Timm's Hill County Park , take County C back to the intersection of Highway 86. Turn left on Highway 86 into Ogema. Bikers can catch the Price-Taylor Rail Trail north to Prentice OR stay on County C after leaving the park and retrace your route back to Prentice. Autos may return to Prentice from Ogema on Highway 13.
PHILLIPS / MUSSER LAKE (25 miles round trip): Starting in Phillips, travel south out of town to County D. Turn left onto County D through farm and forestland. A restored schoolhouse/bed and breakfast can be visited along this stretch of roadway. Turn north at the intersection of County H and proceed to Musser Drive . Turn west onto Musser Drive and enjoy the view of the Musser Flowage area. Continue until you again reach County H. Turn left and follow County H along the Elk River into Phillips. Phillips provides full food, lodging and supply services.
PHILLIPS / SOO LAKE (24 miles round trip): From Phillips, travel west on County W through the scenic Phillips chain of lakes region. After passing Soo Lake , turn right onto County S and continue around the lake north and east. At the intersection of County F , turn right and continue into Phillips, now viewing the Phillips chain from the opposite side.
PHILLIPS / SOLBERG LAKE (20 miles round trip): Leave Phillips on County H east of Solberg Lake Road . Follow the road around the entire lake until you find the Solberg Lake County Park sign. This park is an all-purpose recreation area including a sand beach, picnic area, campgrounds, boat landing, fishing pier, and a nature trail. After leaving the park, turn left onto Solberg Lake Road and meet the intersection of Old 13 Road. Turn left and return to Phillips.
OGEMA / TIMM'S HILL (20 miles round trip): This trip begins by heading east on Highway 86 out of Ogema on rolling hills. Turn south on County C to County RR, Rustic Road 62. The park at Timm's Hill offers a beautiful climb to the observation tower and the picturesque vista of the countryside surrounding the highest point in Wisconsin . Continue the ride by returning to County C. Go south to County YY . YY will join Highway 102. Continue on Highway 102 to Spirit. At Spirit, turn left onto Highway 86 and return to Ogema.
PARK FALLS / OXBO (40 miles round trip): Take County B south out of Park Falls to Highway 70. Ride west on Highway 70 along the beautiful North Fork of the Flambeau River . Rest at the wayside at Oxbo and enjoy the river. Continue west until the intersection of Highway EE. Turn right and head back to Park Falls for a wide variety of services for the traveler.
PARK FALLS / TURTLE-FLAMBEAU FLOWAGE (32 miles round trip): Start your trip heading north out of Park Falls on Agenda Road . Turn right on North River Road . Enjoy the scenic tour along the banks of the Flambeau River . Turn right onto Creamery Road and follow it to the intersection of County F. Turn right and continue on County F as it enters Iron County . The Flowage is about two miles past the county line. The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage is the Crown Jewel of the North , resembling the Boundary Waters region of northern Minnesota and Canada .
Beginning in Prentice, from Hwy. 8, go south on County Road A/Railroad Street past the VFW War Memorial Plane. When County Road A/Railroad Street turns to the west (right), continue south on Birch Street/County Road C going out of Prentice and you will view the Norlin School House ¾ mile before the Timm's Hill Park entrance.
Taking Rustic Road 62 west from the park to County Road C, then turning south for 2 miles, will take you to the first stop on the tour, the J. F. Bergeson single arch stone Bridge. Believed to be built in the early 1900 by Simon Danielson, this bridge is a beautiful example of the Swedish style of arch stonework. After having a culvert put through it and buried under a county road for half a century, it has been unearthed and restored. It can be viewed from the highway, yet the owner of this private property welcomes those interested in this bridge, and are always willing to share their vast knowledge of the local history.
Continue south on C to County Road YY. Taking YY east to German Settlement Road , you will see the historic Liberty School and Yesterday House Museum . Both will be open to the public in the near future. Taking German Settlement Road south to Wildwood Ave. east , you will come to the second bridge on the tour. This bridge, being built in 1913 by Carl Albert Meier and sons, is a wonderful example of German stonework.
Continuing east on Wildwood Ave. and turning north on Meier Rd , you will cross the Spirit River. Traveling north on County Road YY, follow the Spirit River to State Hwy. 86. Taking 86 west 1-1/2 miles to River Road, and going north 1 mile, you will find Spirit Memorial Park, the resting spot of the Emily Johnson Bridge (or River Road Bridge). The bridge had to be dismanteled and the face stones were saved to erect a monument of this last-remaining double arch stone bridge in Price County. The original contractor for this bridge was Charles Stenfors. The year was either 1908 or 1910. It was of excellent design and workmanship.
Continue north on YY to State Highway 8. Turning west on 8, go 1 mile to River Road, head north for 1½ mile to The Little Somo and a perfect example of a Finnish single arched stone bridge . This bridge was contracted to John Stenbeck and constructed in 1909. Returning to Hwy 8 and traveling west you will pass the Finnish Immigrant Monument, Knox Creek Heritage Center, and Knox House.
An alternative route is to begin this tour at Timm's Hill County Park, located 3 1/2 miles east of Ogema, just south of Hwy. 86 on Rustic Road 62. .