Thistledew trail is located 27 miles north of Nashwauk in the heart of the George Washington State Forest and is maintained by the Department of Natural Resources, Side Lake District. Trails wind through mature pine and aspen forest, younger pine stands and recently reforested areas, on the hills of the Buttonbox glacial moraine.
In the summer and fall this trail system is excellent for the casual walk or experienced hiker to enjoy the scenic surroundings and view wildlife. In the summer and fall this trail system is excellent for casual walking or for the experienced hiker to enjoy the scenic surroundings and view wildlife. Two trail warming shelters are located along the trail.
The Thistledew ATV Trail runs on portions of the Thistledew ski, and the Circle T snowmobile trails. The scenery varies from stands of large Norway pine to aspen regeneration areas in parts of the George Washington State Forest. The south loop is managed for both horseback riding and ATV use.
The trailhead is 27 miles north of Nashwauk on Highway 65, and then 3.5 miles northwest on the Thistledew Trail. Parking is also available at Carpenter Town Hall, four miles west of Togo on Highway 1. From Togo Hwy 1 to Co Rd 562, W, park at Co Rds 562 & 542.
Department of Natural Resources