Activities, Attractions, Dining, General, Hiking

Where to find the Northwoods’ best spring scenery

Stunning natural vistas, smaller crowds, and temperatures that are starting to climb—it’s the perfect season to visit Oneida County in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Here are a few scenic spots you shouldn’t miss.

Great walking trails

If you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll, there are plenty of spots in Oneida County where you can find a relaxing walk with a side of beautiful Northwoods scenery. The Bearskin State Trail stretches for 21 miles between Minocqua and Tomahawk and is a popular destination for walking, jogging, and biking in the spring. Park at the northern trailhead in Minocqua and enjoy the views as you walk across the Minocqua Trestle or the Kawaga Trestle, which span stretches of Kawaguesaga Lake.

After posing for a selfie with the Hodag statue at the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce on Kemp Street, take a quick drive to the Holmboe Nature Preserve, a small but scenic park with a short, one-mile trail that takes hikers through coniferous woods along the banks of the Pelican River.

Parks & other scenic spots

Looking for a place to take the family for a fun afternoon outdoors? Bradley Park is located in the heart of Tomahawk and offers outstanding views of the Wisconsin River and Lake Mohawksin and plenty of opportunities for fun. Hikers can explore a roughly 2-mile loop, including a beautiful segment on a peninsula. There are also mountain bike trails at the park, as well as a boat landing, a playground, a kids’ fishing area, a picnic area, grills, and restrooms.

Situated behind the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Cy Williams Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery of the Northwoods. The park—named after the late professional baseball player (he was the first to hit 200 home runs in the National League) and community leader in Three Lakes, is home to a playground facility and a public beach on Maple Lake. A short distance away on Lake Street, families will find the kids’ fishing pier, where they can cast for panfish, northern pike, and bass.

Lakeside restaurants & resorts

There are lots of lakes in Oneida County—in fact, it’s home to one of the largest collections of freshwater lakes in the world—so it stands to reason that there are plenty of places to stay, play, and dine on the water. If you’re hungry, head to Sunset Grill in Three Lakes, Outboards Bar & Grill in Tomahawk, The Boathouse in Minocqua, or Backwaters Bar & Grill in Rhinelander. Looking for a cozy lakeside cabin or cottage? Book a stay at The Pointe Hotel & Suites in Minocqua, Three G’s Resort in Rhinelander, Northernaire Resort in Three Lakes, or Centerstone Resort – Lake Aire in Tomahawk.

See more Oneida County restaurants here. See more Oneida County lodging properties here.

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