Adventure: biking

Learn more about biking

Beginner

One of the best ways to experience spring in Vilas County is on two wheels. See the forests come to life as the blossoms bloom, the leaves unfold and the last bits of snow disappear. If you like to ride in places that are flat, safe and relaxing, you have plenty of options in Vilas County. You also don’t need to bring bike along on your trip to go for a ride – shops rent quality bikes, including new, name-brand trail bikes. Temperatures can vary in the spring – it’s a good idea to dress in layers. Don’t forget gloves – they will help you stay comfortable on cool spring days. The trails can be a little soft from melting snow so you may want to stay on paved trails and roads. A few great trails to go for a gentle ride that are perfect for families: the Land O’ Lakes Bike Trail, which heads west out of Land O’ Lakes and the Presque Isle/Winchester Bike Route. You’ll find a short loop in Presque Isle ideal for small children and a road route that continues to the west, passing several lakes.

Intermediate

There’s a beautiful paved bicycling trail that offers miles of spring riding options. The Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail runs through some spectacular scenery, connecting Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, Sayner/Star Lake and St. Germain. Because it’s paved, it’s a good bet for a spring ride. Make sure to bike the east shore of beautiful Trout Lake south of Boulder Junction – it’s a good place to spot bald eagles. The route also includes scenic bridges and crosses rapids of the Manitowish River and Rice Creek. The system totals more than 45 miles and features lots of places to access the trail, so it provides lots of nice short, medium and longer riding options.

Advanced

Riders who are seeking longer rides can find it in Vilas County. Road bikers will find endless miles of scenic paved routes to explore. Vilas County area shops also sell spare tubes and other supplies to keep you rolling. One popular ride is the Eagle River-Land O’ Lakes Bike Route. You can pick up the route just north of Eagle River or on Cty. Hwy. B west of Land O’ Lakes. The route is 22 miles, one-way, and meanders through mixed woodlands. Another nice on-road option is the Lac du Flambeau Route, which loops around Flambeau Lake. After your ride, relax at a Vilas County brew pub – you can find them in Boulder Junction, Eagle River and the Minocqua area. Beer lovers can sample the spring beers on tap and reflect on a great day’s ride.

 

Want more trails info?

Download the Map It Vilas County trails app or order the Vilas County Silent Sports Trail Map today.