Unforgettable fall hikes

The leaves are gorgeous in Oneida County and now is the ideal time to take the spectacle in, one step at a time. Our networks of scenic hiking trails are the perfect path to enjoying the county’s best fall beauty. We have options for experienced hikers seeking a challenge, as well as gentle paths that will offer anyone an unforgettable experience.

Bailey Lake Equestrian Trail, Three Lakes

On this picturesque trail, you just might see a horse walking through the leaves. The unpaved scenic path, which was once used by loggers, runs 15 miles through a wilderness camping area east of Three Lakes. 

CAVOC Trails, Rhinelander

This 5-mile unpaved trail is hilly and scenic, perfect for those seeking a challenging hike through the woods. There are lots of looped options to explore. You’ll find the trail east of Rhinelander with an entrance off South Shore Drive. 

Enterprise County Trail, Enterprise

In southeast Oneida County, explore two unpaved four-mile loops featuring some hilly terrain through the Oneida County Forest. 

Madeline Trail, Woodruff

This 16.5-mile trail features easy to moderate terrain and some rolling hills. There are spots to take in nice views of Madeline lake. You’ll find the trailhead off Rudolph Road, about two miles southeast of Woodruff.

McNaughton Trail, Lake Tomahawk

This beautiful 13-mile trail south of Lake Tomahawk rings a few small lakes. It features largely gentle terrain, although there are a few steep hills. 

Fall color, fun events & more

Fall color season offers plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty in Oneida County. Here’s your guide to planning a spectacular fall getaway in any of Oneida County’s welcoming communities.

Explore these scenic trails

Where to see the best colors? Here are some trails and nature paths known for great fall scenery:

Raven Nature Trail – You’ll find this 13.5-mile scenic trail near Clear Lake, north of Minocqua. The trails are open in the fall for hiking and biking. The terrain includes some hills, and the views are breathtaking.

Awassa Nature Preserve & Hiking Trail – An easy 5 miles of trails where you can experience Oneida County’s pristine and colorful forests on this beautiful trail that wanders through stands of mature pines, oaks, maples, and a rich understory of balsam fir. The trail is located west of St. Germain.

Three Eagle Trail – This mostly level 12.7-mile trail heads through some pretty country north of Three Lakes. The trail passes through wetlands and includes nice stretches of fall color. It’s a great place for an easy walk or bike ride.

Washburn Lake Trail – This hilly trail offers a rewarding hiking experience west of Rhinelander. It’s good for fall hiking or mountain biking.

Click here to explore more Oneida County trails.

Mark your calendar for these events

Events celebrating the change of the season are fast approaching:

In mid-September, more than 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and others celebrate fall at the Tomahawk Fall Ride.

Also in middle of September check out Lake Tomahawk’s Lioness Annual Harvest Festival, it features an arts and crafts fair, pumpkin carving and concessions. And at St. Germain, fall festivities take place at Colorama & Pints in the Park in with live entertainment, microbrew sampling, and a human foosball tournament.

In the end of September, the Harvest Hoedown takes place in Rhinelander. There is a pig roast, live music, hayrides, face painting and more.

Check out more festivals and events in the area here.

 

Washburn Lake Trail

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  • Hilly terrain, intermediate to advanced
  • Separate ski and snowshoe trails
  • Groomed for skating and diagonal skiing
  • Single track bike trails
  • Heated shelter available at Perch Lake trail head
  • Trail pass required for skiing, biking and snowshoeing
  • Pets allowed in summer only

Directions: Seven miles west of Rhinelander and 3 miles north of
Woodboro & Hwy 8, just off Washburn Lake Rd.
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