Experience Nature Step by Step

By Dean S. Acheson

OSCEOLA – Dig out your hiking boots, grab your walking stick and get ready for a trip to Polk County’s pretty Ridge View Trail. Locals have high praise for this three-mile trail (two loops) that includes views of a picturesque stream and glimpses of St. Croix River’s backwater through a canopy of trees. The trail is less than two miles north of Osceola.

Spring is a good time to hike the mostly-level trail as migratory birds are establishing territories and their singing fills the woods. Spring snowmelt swells the water of the creek, splashing against rocks and creating small rapids as it exits the bottom of a deep canyon.

The Chisago loop, slightly more than one mile long, and the Osceola Loop, about twomiles, each have their own well-marked trailhead parking area off the west side of Hwy. S, a Wisconsin Rustic Road itself full of beauty and small-town charm. Directions: Take Hwy. 35 south from Hwy. 8 about 1.3 miles to Hwy. S, then Hwy. S for about 3.5 miles to the parking areas.

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