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:

"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome
than the most luxurious Persian rug." -Helen Keller



Plan Ahead and Prepare


Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces


Dispose of Waste Properly


Leave What You Find


Minimize Campfire Impacts


Respect Wildlife


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

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