In Oneida County, you’ll find hiking trails where your only company is the fresh air of the Northwoods. Here’s a look at a few less-traveled trails throughout Oneida County that are perfect for some out-of-the-way exploration.
Sam Campbell Memorial Trail
This trail east of Three Lakes is named for nature lover, philosopher and writer Sam Campbell. (In fact, a self-guiding brochure at the trailhead provides interpretation of the area using Campbell’s writings.) The trail winds through pines, balsam and hardwoods and is generally flat, so it’s the perfect place for a scenic hike. A short trail spur leads to Wegimind Point (on Four Mile Lake) and Vanishing Lake, frequent topics in Campbell’s writings and lectures. Learn more about the Sam Campbell Memorial Trail.
Almon Park Trail
Head to Almon Park—about 5 miles south of Rhinelander—to discover two scenic trail loops along the southeast shore of Buck Lake. The Wetland Nature Trail (1 mile) takes hikers through scenic wetlands and across three boardwalks, and the Upland Nature Trail (1.25 miles) travels through traditional Northwoods forestlands. The 160-acre lake also boasts a nice swimming beach, a disc golf course and picnic areas. Learn more about the Almon Park Trail.
Enterprise County Ski/Hiking Trail
Don’t let the name fool you—this trail system near Pelican Lake offers 4-mile and 7-mile routes for hikers in spring, summer and fall. The trail is an easy hike, offering a generally level route with some hilly terrain. In winter, the trail is open for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. A parking area is located at the trailhead off County Road G about 8 miles south of U.S. Hwy 8. Learn more about the Enterprise County Ski/Hiking Trail.
Take a scenic stroll through beautiful forests and past scenic lakes as you explore the Hiawatha Trail, named for the former Northwoods steam train that traveled the tracks this route sits atop. Starting at SARA Park in Tomahawk, the trail travels north over the Wisconsin River and alongside Clear Lake toward Lake Nokomis before joining up with the Bearskin State Trail. The Hiawatha Trail is a hiking and biking trail in spring, summer and fall, and it serves as a snowmobile trail in the winter. Learn more about the Hiawatha Trail.