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Rustic Road 60

A winding scenic driving route that’s gorgeous in summer is Rustic Road 60 (R-60). The 12-mile driving route winds through the heart of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest from Cty. Rd. K south of Boulder Junction to Cty. Rd. M in Sayner/Star Lake. R-60 passes old logging camps, hiking trails and a former sawmill. The scenery is lush but keep your eyes open for some nice lake views. A good place for a scenic stroll on the route is the Star Lake Nature Trail.

Scenic County Highway B

If you’re looking for a nice summer route that allows you to see a lot of Vilas County fairy quickly, consider the drive from Presque Isle to Land O’ Lakes. The drive is about 30 miles, and it passes through some beautiful lake and forest scenery. It’s an easy route to follow; just stay on Cty. Hwy. B. Heading east out of Presque Isle, you’ll pass the turnoff for the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area (East Bay Rd.), an expansive park that’s absolutely gorgeous. Leashed pets are allowed, so it’s a good place for everyone in the car to stretch their legs (but you might want to bring your bug spray if you plan to hike). As you approach Land O’ Lakes, you’ll see the Land O’ Lakes Bike Trail. This bike/pedestrian trail is another pleasant place for a stroll and a good biking spot for families. There’s also a nice swimming beach at Black Oak Lake in Land O’ Lakes.

Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway

Looking for a nice day of driving? The gorgeous 147-mile Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest passes through southeastern Vilas County, including a stretch of historic Military Road. Drivers will encounter examples of Native American culture and an amazing diversity of wildlife, including deer, loons, eagles and more. The route also passes through parts of Forest, Langlade and Oneida counties. Along the byway, you’ll find plenty of places for a pleasant hike and some great swimming lakes and beaches.