Blazing Trails :: Marathon County’s ATV/UTV Opportunities

Written by Karyn Powers

In Marathon County, there are 2 unique trails open for public ATV/UTV use:

  • Burma Road County Forest Unit & ATV Trail
  • Edgar–Fenwood Trail

Burma Road County Forest Unit

The Burma Road County Forest Unit is Marathon County’s designated ATV unit.

The trail —  located 3 miles west of the City of Mosinee — offers roughly 11 miles for ATV/UTV use in the 1,400+ acre forest unit.

  • ATV/UTV trails are OPEN between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. May 17 through September 30, 2019. (So you gotta hurry to get in some fall riding time before the trails close!)
  • Trails will be CLOSED to ATV/UTV traffic in during the months of October, November, and April due to a combination of open hunting seasons and wet conditions.

The forest unit is a mixture of oak, hardwoods, pine plantations, and aspen.

Burma Road ATV Trail.

Motorcycles and dirt bikes are prohibited on the Burma Road trails.

View a printable Burma County Forest Unit ATV/UTV Trail Map (PDF) here.

Burma Road ATV-UTV Map


From Wausau, take I-39 south to State Highway 153.

  • To access the north parking lot, drive west on 153 for 6 miles to Burma Road.
  • To access the south parking lot, take I-39 south to State Highway 153 (Mosinee). Go west 4 miles to north on County Highway O. Go 2.5 miles to Burma Road and head west on Burma Road 2.4 miles to the parking lot on the south side of the road.

Edgar–Fenwood Trail

The Edgar–Fenwood Trailhead is located just south of the Mobil fuel station at 403 S. 3rd Ave. in Edgar.

This 9.75 mile trail is an abandoned railroad grade, passing through Edgar and Fenwood and south, where the trail ends just north of the Big Eau Pleine River. (This trail does not go into Stratford.)

View a printable Edgar–Fenwood ATV/UTV Trail Map (PDF) here.

Edgar-Fenwood ATV-UTV trail map

This trail is closed:

  • During the gun deer hunting season (November 23 to December 1, 2019)
  • After the first snow until the trail has been groomed by the local snowmobile club
  • When posted closed for miscellaneous reasons (Check the Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry webpage or Facebook page for trail closings.)


From Wausau, take 29 West to Exit 150 (County Road H). Follow H to Edgar.

ATV/UTV Registration

Before an ATV or UTV may be operated on either of the trails described above, the vehicle must meet the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ definition of an ATV or UTV and must be registered. Definitions for each type of vehicle and helpful information — including frequently asked questions, safety certification courses, registration tips, and more — can be found in the Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Regulations pamphlet (PDF).

DNR brochure

Also note: ATVs and UTVs ARE allowed on public snowmobile trails during the snow season unless the trails are marked otherwise or the air temperature rises to 28° F or warmer.

Mid Wisconsin ATV Trail Blazers Club

Mid Wisconsin ATV Trail Blazers formed in 2001, and its members have been maintaining the Burma Road County Forest Unit and Edgar–Fenwood trails since this non-profit organization’s inception.

The club meets on the second Monday of each month at the Fenwood Village Center. Their next meeting is scheduled for October 14, 2019.

More information about the Mid Wisconsin ATV Trail Blazers can be found at their website or Facebook page.


We hope to see you on the trails…

Visit the Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry webpage or Facebook page for trail updates.

karyn_powersKaryn Powers

Recreation Superintendent  |  Wausau / Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department 

Karyn Powers joined the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department in 1991. Prior to settling in Marathon County, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Services for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and the U.S. Army in South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Park and Recreation Administration and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to being the city/county Recreation Superintendent, she is a published poet and author. Karyn fell in love with Marathon County as a college senior when she interned here in 1979, then traveled halfway around the world to get back here as soon as was possible.  Email Karyn Powers.


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