Family hiking in Vilas County

Five places for an unforgettable hike

Published: November 12, 2015

This is a wonderful time of year to explore the trails in Vilas County. The air is crisp, the trails are clear of snow and…

Lakeside dining in Vilas County

Outdoor dining in Vilas County

Published: August 15, 2013

In late summer, as temps cool down, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a lunch, dinner, or drink outdoors at your favorite restaurant. Here are…

St. Germain Area Bike and Hike Trail

What to see in St. Germain

Published: March 1, 2013

St. Germain is the home of the authentic Northwoods experience. Here are a few suggestions of what to check out when you’re visiting this Vilas…

Heart of Vilas County – St. Germain

Published: December 8, 2010

Part of the over 40-mile Heart of Vilas County paved bike/hike trail, this segment runs from Sayner south along County Highway C and east along…


Shannon Lake Trail

Published: December 8, 2010

With a mix of easy/beginner and intermediate loops, about half the trail runs through areas logged in 1976 and 2000. The loop around Shannon Lake is…


Fern Ridge Trail

Published: December 8, 2010

A somewhat rugged, intermediate level trail offering striking contrasts in terrain. Special attention is given to the many wildflowers, trees and non-flowering plants that make…

Awassa Nature Preserve & Hiking Trail

Published: December 7, 2010

An easy/beginner trail offering a system of level, shaded trails that meander through stands of mature pines, oaks, maples, and a rich understory of balsam…