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Explore Vilas County’s parks and natural areas


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Vilas County is home to thousands of acres of public land where you can find a scenic campground or explore the Northwoods' vast wilderness.

Fallison Lake Nature Trail Vilas County Wisconsin

Vilas County is home to tens of thousands of acres of land that are open to public use, whether you’re looking for a quiet campsite or boundless forests to explore. Here’s a look at three spots you shouldn’t miss on your next visit to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest

This massive state forest covers more than 200,000 acres across three counties in northern Wisconsin, offering great opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping and more. The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is home to the highest concentration of lakes in the state and contains nearly 90 miles of trails that can be used year-round.

Learn more about the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest here.

Torch Lake Campground & RV Park

If you’re interested in heading to Vilas County with your camper or RV, you shouldn’t miss Torch Lake Campground & RV Park near Conover. There are 21 campsites (sized for large rigs) on the shores of 39-acre Torch Lake, which offers great fishing opportunities. The campsite has direct access to Vilas County’s ATV and UTV trails, as well as a shower house, toilets and a scenic beach.

Learn more about the Torch Lake Campground & RV Park here.

Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area

Near Presque Isle, visitors will find the scenic Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area, a preserve that protects more than 2,600 acres of land and 15 wild Northwoods lakes and ponds. The wilderness area is home to nearly 6 miles of trails that travel around beautiful lakes and through woods and lowland swamps. The preserve is open from dawn to dusk, and a parking area can be found on East Bay Road just north of County Hwy B.

Learn more about the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area here.

Find more Vilas County parks here.