Trail Town – Mellen, WI

Mellen was established in 1886 and is the second oldest city in Ashland County. Located just 25 miles South of Lake Superior and the City of Ashland, the city is situated near the Penokee Mountain Range and the Bad River that flows east to the well-known Copper Falls State Park and Loon Lake. The historic Mellen city hall was built in 1892 and is located along the city portion of the North Country Trail and has a museum on the upper floor. Mellen is a small friendly town that offers a great stepping off point for your next great outdoor adventure.

Some of the businesses along the NCTA Trail in the City Mellen include: Shell Gas Station, Penokee Mountain Deli, Amman’s Northland Foods, Superior Choice Credit Union, Tom’s Guns and Ammo Sales, Morris’s Laundromat, Northern State Bank, Valley Fitness Center, Wholly Threads Thrift Shop, Bro’s Bar, and Snow Creek Bar & Restaurant. Some of the other businesses off the NCTA Trail Town include: Dusty’s Bar, Last Call Bar, Northern Highlights (Hair Care) and Dollar General. In addition, along the NCTA you will find areas for resting and picnicking such as Jasper Landry Square and John McLaughlin Park and the recently built library.  As you hike the City of Mellen Hike and Bike Trail along the Bad River (a certified section of NCT) you will come across a couple of strategically placed benches that take in the view of the Bad River and occasional sightings of geese and ducks that frequent the area.

The City of Mellen is the prime connection between Copper Falls State Park and the NCT in the Chequamegon National Forest and is proud to have been named Wisconsin’s First Trail Town by the North Country Trail Association in September 2012. We hope you visit us and find everything you need as you hike through our quaint town and revel in our attractive trail which the Chequamegon Chapter of the North Country Trail Association maintains.

To find contact information, event calendars, and additional info regarding the trail in this area, please view the Chequamegon Chapter page.