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Boardwalk through the woods of Star Lake Nature Trail in Vilas County, Wisconsin

Star Lake Nature Trail

Located in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Sayner-Star Lake, this scenic trail is found on a peninsula that juts out into Star Lake, offering wonderful views of the horseshoe-shaped 1,200-acre lake.

The trail consists of a one-mile loop (Blue Loop) that features interpretive signage about the area and its natural history and a 2.04-mile loop (Red Loop) that follows the shoreline of Star Lake. The trail is open for hiking in spring, summer and fall and snowshoeing (ungroomed) in winter.

There is no fee required to use the trail. Pets and bikes are not allowed on the Star Lake Nature Trail.

A trailhead with a parking area is located at the end of Statehouse Road, near the West Star Lake Campground.

See more information about Sayner-Star Lake and find lodging options here.

Note: During hunting season, hunting is permitted on all trails in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

Discover more outdoor adventures in the Northwoods of Wisconsin on Vilas County’s multi-use trails.

Trail Details


  • Water Views


From the intersection of County K & County N in Star Lake, continue west on Hwy K to Statehouse Road. Turn south on Statehouse Road. When you get to the entrance of the West Star Campground, continue straight ahead.