You don’t have to trek through dense forests to enjoy the beauty of the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Here are four easy-to-hike trails that show off Oneida County’s stunning scenery.
The 160-acre Almon Park is located on the southeast shore of Buck Lake, about 5 miles south of downtown Rhinelander. Here, you’ll find two scenic trails perfect for an easy spring stroll: the 1-mile Wetland Nature Trail and the 1.25-mile Upland Nature Trail, which passes through classic Northwoods forests. Almon Park is also home to a swimming beach, a disc golf course, and picnic areas.
Take a stroll on this scenic trail that follows the route of the former “Hiawatha” steam train that traversed the Northwoods in the 1940s and 1950s. The screened-granite trail starts at SARA Park in Tomahawk, crosses the Wisconsin River and heads north for nearly 7 miles before meeting the Bearskin State Trail in Heafford Junction.
This trail is one of the most popular destinations in the Northwoods for walkers and bikers, thanks to its level, crushed-granite surface. (In the winter, snowmobilers can ride on sections of the Bearskin State Trail.) At the northern trailhead in Minocqua, walkers will find outstanding views of Lake Minocqua from two different trestle bridges. The Bearskin State Trail is open from 6am to 11pm year-round. A trail pass is required for bikers, but walkers can use the trail for free.
As the name suggests, this scenic Northwoods trail connects the Oneida County community of Three Lakes with Eagle River in Vilas County to the north. The first segment of the trail (roughly 8 miles) starts in Don Burnside Park in downtown Three Lakes and ends a few miles south of the fairgrounds in Eagle River. Like most of the other trails on this list, the surface is crushed, compacted granite, making it a great trail for all ages and activity levels.