Heart of Vilas County Bike and Recreation Trail

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The Heart of Vilas County Trail is a paved recreation trail connecting popular tourist destination towns in the scenic Vilas County. Vilas County has long been recognized as a top recreational destination for outdoorsmen, fishermen, hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, and for resorts and campgrounds. Much of the county is covered by the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and is dotted with picture perfect lakes.

The trail is paved in asphalt and is mainly used for cycling or jogging in the summer months and for snowmobiling in the winter. There are plenty of parking lots, restrooms, parks, scenic vistas, campgrounds, resorts, restaurants, and clusters of cabins along the trail. At 50 miles in length, The Heart of Vilas County Trail is sure to delight visitors over multiple visits.

Overview: Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail

COMMUNITIES: Manitowish Waters, Boulder Junction, Sayner, St. Germain


POINTS OF INTEREST: Mccabe Lake, Rest Lake, Northern Highlands State Forest, Papoose Creek Pines State Natural Area, Clear Lake, Big Lake, Trout Lake, Crystal Lake, Big Muskellunge Lake, Plum Lake, Big Saint Germain Lake, Fawn Lake, West Bay Little St Germain Lake, Elmers Fun Park

CAMPING: Crystal Lake Camp, Big Muskellunge Camp, Firefly Campground, South Trout Lake Camp, North Trout Lake Camp, Big Lake Camp

Directions and Trail Map

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Manitowish Waters Koller Park Parking: 145 County Highway W Manitowish Waters
| coordinates: 46.137704, -89.885551 |
Boulder Junction Community Center Parking: 5378 Park Street Boulder Junction WI
| coordinates: 46.106572, -89.642162 |
Sayner Plum Lake Parking: 2997 Sayner Avenue
| coordinates: 45.992664, -89.529884 |
Saint Germain Parking: 8101 WI Highway 70 St. Germain WI
| coordinates: 45.912272, -89.488522 |

From Milwaukee4 Hours
From Madison3.5 Hours
From Green Bay3 Hours
From Wausau1.5 Hours
From Minneapolis4 Hours
From Chicago5.5 Hours