Going for a spring hike in Vilas County

Vilas County spring hikes

Published: March 9, 2017

This season, see the forests of Vilas County spring to life before your eyes. Before long, trilliums will carpet the forests, leaves will be unfolding and the sound of birds will echo through the trees. Don’t miss the show – make plans to discover your own Vilas County spring scenes. Here are some great options for an early season hike:

Family friendly options

For a hike that’s great for nature lovers of all ages, check out the Presque Isle Nature Trail, which has a wheelchair-accessible stretch, and the Spectacle Lake-Kentuck Lake Trail in Phelps, which follows a smooth former railroad bed.

Longer options

Feel like covering some ground? Vilas County has plenty of trails with loops that will take 1-3 hours to complete. Many have incredible lake vistas and cover a variety of woodland terrain. A couple nice trails that offer longer hiking options include the Madeline Lake Trail in the Minocqua area and the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area in Presque Isle. Be sure to wear boots or waterproof shoes in the early spring – trails in the Catherine Wolter can get a little damp.

Challenging hikes

Vilas County also has hiking options for those who want longer, hillier hikes. The WinMan Trails between Winchester and Manitowish Waters offer nearly endless looped options. Conover’s Langley Lake Trails also offer extensive looping routes and nicely varied terrain.

Find your own way

This is just a sample of Vilas County’s vast hiking options. Find more ideas with the Vilas County Silent Sports Trail Map. Order a copy of the map and see details for all the best trails in our county. Or download our free Map It Vilas County trails app, which will help you navigate – even if your cell phone can’t pick up a signal.

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