Fall is arguably the best time of year to explore Vilas County on foot. The air is crisp, the leaves are spectacular and the mosquitoes are a distant memory. If you’re a new visitor to Vilas County’s trails, you’re in for a treat. Vilas County has more than 240,000 acres of public land. No matter where you are in the county, you’re never far from a great hike. What do you need to get started? Not much – just a sense of wonder, a comfortable pair of shoes or hiking boots and some maps to help you explore this wild paradise. Vilas County publishes a free 23” x 38” map that includes a countywide map of trail locations as well as 55 individual trail maps. Click here to order the Vilas County Silent Sports Trail Map. Smartphone users: check out the free Map It Vilas County trails app. It will help you navigate 55 different Vilas County trails and works even without a cell signal. The app and map will help you navigate the wilds of Vilas County, as well as family-friendly trails like the Presque Isle Nature Trail, which has a wheelchair-accessible stretch, and the Spectacle Lake-Kentuck Lake Trail in Phelps, which follows a historic railroad bed.