Fall might be winding down, but there are still plenty of ways to take in the natural splendor of Vilas County. Explore these scenic northern Wisconsin wilderness trails, and you’ll encounter boundless natural beauty—and maybe even some of the Northwoods’ abundant wildlife. Lace up your boots and get started.
Take in some beautiful fall scenery along the 11-mile Three Eagle Trail, a crushed limestone route that travels from just south of eagle river to Don Burnside Park in Three Lakes. On the route, you’ll pass through rolling woods, past lakes and across creeks. There are several areas along the trail that provide great spaces for wildlife viewing—keep your eyes open for deer and other animals.
Want to bring Fido along on your hike? The Win Man Trails—so named because they sit between Winchester and Manitowish Waters—offer a wide variety of hiking options on 15 miles of trails set among more than 1,300 acres of beautiful Northwoods scenery. And the trails are dog friendly, so you can enjoy a morning or afternoon of exploring with your furry friend.
This educational center in Manitowish Waters offers 12 miles of recreational trails open to the public for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Trails are open daily from dawn until dusk and pass through the woods and along Statehouse Lake. From April through October, visitors can explore the center’s 22-station Breeding Bird Trail, which highlights birds common to the area, like warblers, sparrows and yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
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