Vilas County boasts over 240,000 acres of public land, a good portion dedicated to silent sports enthusiasts of all levels and abilities. Trails wind through some of the most beautiful forested country in the Northwoods often leading to a wilderness lake or pristine vista. The options are endless.
For extra fun, consider geocaching - a free outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. It's a fun family activity and a great way to get kids interested in the outdoors. Check it out at geocaching.com.
Sharing the woods with you may be ticks, mosquitoes or flies so be sure to bring insect repellent. Be sensible and protect yourself from the sun, be sure to stay well hydrated and bring a GPS device or compass just in case you take a wrong turn. While autumn can be one of the most spectacular times with all of the colors, hikers may encounter hunters so consider wearing reflective orange gear to enhance your visibility.
Check out the trail options available by area:
Map courtesy of the Vilas County Tourism & Publicity
"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome
than the most luxurious Persian rug." -Helen Keller
Additional trail information is available by selecting the area you wish to visit:
PLEASE PRACTICE LEAVE NO TRACE
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org