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Wooden sign in the woods of Spectacle Lake-Kentuck Lake Trail in Vilas County Wisconsin

Spectacle Lake-Kentuck Lake Trail


You will feel like you’ve stepped back in time as parts of this level terrain trail follow the old Thunder Lake Railroad bed used in the early 1900’s to transport logs to the sawmill. Get up early for birding or try your hand at identifying wildflowers along the trail. Great route between the Kentuck and Spectacle Lake Campgrounds.

Trail Details


  • Pets Allowed
  • Water Views


From the intersection of Highways 45 and 70 (east of Eagle River), continue east on Highway 70 approximately 7.5 miles to FR 2178 (Military Road). Turn north on FR 2178 and follow the signs to Spectacle Lake Campground. The trailhead is located near campsite #30 and parking is available at the boat ramp parking lot. Parking is also available at the boat ramp at Kentuck Lake for the Kentuck Lake end of the trail. Parking lots require a daily use fee.