Attractions, Hiking

Fall hiking guide: chasing colors and fun

Fall is an outstanding time to take a hike in Oneida County. Across the county you’ll find trails perfect for an autumn hike. Hikers of all abilities will find an ideal route – Oneida County is not only home to smooth and gentle paths, but also has more rugged terrain that’s great for people seeking a bit of adventure. Right now, Oneida County’s forests are ablaze in color and peak days will be here soon. For the latest scoop on the changing colors, go to

Here are some trails to check out this fall:

Madeline Trail, Woodruff

This 16.5-mile trail features east to moderate terrain and some rolling hills. You’ll find the trailhead off Rudolph Road, about two miles south of Woodruff. See map.

Bailey Lake Equestrian Trail, Three Lakes

You’ll likely see a horse or two on this 15-mile unpaved trail that’s located in a wilderness camping area east of Three Lakes. See map.

McNaughton Trail, Lake Tomahawk

This 13-mile unimproved trail south of Lake Tomahawk features largely gentle terrain, although there are a few steep hills. See map.

CAVOC Trails, Rhinelander

This 5-mile unpaved trail is hilly, perfect for a more challenging outing. You’ll find the trail east of Rhinelander with an entrance off South Shore Drive. See map. 

Enterprise County Trail, Enterprise.

In southeast Oneida County, explore two unpaved loops that feature some hilly terrain. See map.


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