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Vilas County biking guide

Published: May 3, 2017

There’s perhaps no better place in the Northwoods for people who enjoy vacationing on two wheels. Vilas County offers biking to delight any biker. Families and couples will find miles of safe and scenic paved trail. Long haul bike tourers can enjoy endless road routes. Gravel riders can explore logging routes that provide backcountry adventures. Mountain bikers can dial into miles of winding single track. Here’s a quick guide to some of the county’s best riding.

Easy family riding – Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System

One of the state’s premier paved bike trails traces more than 40 miles of the Northwoods in Vilas County. The Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System connects Manitowish Waters with Boulder Junction, Sayner-Star Lake and St. Germain. The trail is perfect for families. The trail is smooth, you can keep the kids away from busy highways and the trail passes near ice cream shops!

Thrill-seeking mountain biking – WinMan Trails

In between Winchester and Manitowish Waters, you’ll find a Northwoods mountain biking treasure. The WinMan Trails are located on more than 1,300 acres of private and public land and offer miles of rolling single track. Come back in the winter for fantastic cross-country skiing and fat biking.

Scenic road touring – Eagle River-Land O’ Lakes Bike Route

A scenic road biking route connects Land O’ Lakes with Eagle River. From the north, follow County Highway S south from the intersection of County Highway B. You’ll travel through beautiful forested country. The total length of the route is 22 miles.

Town exploring – Eagle River

All of Vilas County’s communities can be easily explored by bike – it’s a fun and easy way to go out to eat, visit stores or make an ice cream run. Eagle River has everything you might want to discover in a Northwoods town. You’ll find a nice selection of stores, restaurants and attractions, all accessible by bike. There’s plenty of parking – Eagle River is a community with a lot of bike racks.

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