A Project of the Northwoods Land Trust. The Nature Conservancy transferred its land at Holmboe Conifer Forest to the land trust in 2007.
This 32-acre forest is a great place to find some solitude from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can see an outstanding example of a mature stand of hemlocks, pines and white cedar trees that provides a home to many woodland wildflowers and songbirds.
In autumn, the birches and aspens put on a colorful display.
North Central Wisconsin: in Oneida County at the southern edge of Rhinelander, near the convergence of the Pelican and Wisconsin rivers.
Open year-round, dawn to dusk.
The loop trail is both well-defined and well-marked. Boardwalks span most wet areas.
Though small, Holmboe is a remnant of the forests that covered northern Wisconsin prior to the advent of the logging industry.
The uneven terrain ranges from low marsh to steep upland areas. This wide range of soils and terrain has attracted a diversity of plants and animals in a small area.
The Holmboe Conifer Forest was donated to The Nature Conservancy by Frithjof Holmboe and his son, Thorvald. The Conservancy assumed full ownership and management of the preserve in 1965. It was designated as a State Natural Area in 1969 and is often visited for educational purposes.
In August 2007, the Conservancy donated the preserve to the Northwoods Land Trust for long-term protection and management.
More than 23 species reside here, including the
During the migratory seasons, it's possible to spot ospreys and bald eagles using the forested river corridor to feed.
From the South heading towards Rhinelander: