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Bayfield County has nearly 40 hiking trails!

Some trails are loops, some lead to waterfalls, and others are an adventure in themselves whether you’re a birder or just want to reconnect with nature. Did you know that the North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest national scenic trail in the nation? Here's a little more about the North Country Trail:

Bayfield County hosts 54.5 miles of the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail can take you to vistas of the western Penokee Range near the Marengo River, to the pristine lakes and streams of the Porcupine Lake Wilderness and Rainbow Lake Wilderness near Drummond, and through the hills and ponds of the Ahmeek Moraine south of Iron River. Access the trail, for a day hike or a week backpacking trip, from main trailheads at Old Grade Road, County Highway D, Two Lakes Campground, Lake Owen Picnic Area, US 63, Delta-Drummond Road, West Delta Road, and County Highway A. For maps and more information on America’s longest hiking trail, visit www.northcountrytrail.org.

Love to hike? Take the "Hike 100" Challenge on the North Country Trail.

Bayfield County has recently made improvements to the trail leading to Lost Creek Falls (2016-17) and nearly 1/4 of the 1 1/2 mile trail is now boardwalk. The total trip is around 3 miles from the trailhead parking area on Trail Road (just south of Cornucopia). Stay tuned for more updates!

This printable list (PDF) of all the hiking trails in Bayfield County includes a map for easy reference. (PLEASE NOTE: the information listed below is more updated than the printable list so make sure to check the list below for updates)

Map of Bayfield County Hiking Trails
  1. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Island Trails (various)
  2. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Mainland Trail (4.5 mi)
  3. Bass Lake Interpretive Trail (1.5 mi)
  4. Big Ravine Trail (1.8-2.45 mi)
  5. Big Rock County Park (various/dispersed)
  6. Birch Grove Campground - USFS (1 mi)
  7. Birkebeiner Trail (various)
  8. Brownstone Trail (4.2 mi)
  9. Drummond Ski Trails (various)
  10. Drummond Woods Trail/ Virgin Pine Trail (1.5 mi)
  11. Forest Lodge Nature Trail (3.5 mi)
  12. Frog Bay Tribal National Park (1.5 mi)
  13. Houghton Falls Trail (1.5 mi)
  14. Iron Bridge Nature Trail (aka Gil Larsen Trail) (.75 mi)
  15. Iron River National Fish Hatchery Trail (2.5 mi)
  16. Jerry J Jolly/Pikes Creek Trail (8 mi)
  17. Les Voight State Fish Hatchery/Pikes Creek (2 mi)
  18. Lost Creek Falls Walking Trail (1 mi)
  19. Long Lake Picnic Area (1.2 mi)
  20. Mt Ashwabay Recreation Area (various, 30 kilometers total)
  21. Mt Valhalla Recreation Area (various)
  22. Namakagon Trail (various, 5.9 mi total)
  23. North Country National Scenic Trail (28 mi)
  24. North End Trail (5 mi)
  25. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (.75 mi)
  26. Orienta Falls (short)
  27. Point Detour (various)
  28. Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area (6+ mi)
  29. Raspberry River Walking Trail (5.5 mi; Note: this is primarily an unmarked walking trail)
  30. Rock Lake National Recreation Trail (various)
  31. Sioux River Flats Beach Trail (3.8 mi)
  32. Siskiwit Falls (Note: Siskiwit Falls has been a favorite place to visit for generations and will now continue to be a favorite spot due to some recent changes in land ownership. Bayfield County recently purchased about 100 acres of land on the north side of the bridge (Siskiwit Falls Road), thus securing a significant portion of the falls in public ownership. In the near future, the County intends to establish a trailhead/parking area and begin work on plans to improve the existing, but primitive, trails. In the meantime, the County asks that visitors exercise caution when recreating on the property, for their own safety as well as to prevent damage to sensitive vegetation and landscapes. Also, until a trailhead area is developed, visitors can park along the north side of Siskiwit Falls Road. No parking is allowed on, or directly adjacent to, the bridge and extra care must be taken to avoid impeding the normal flow of traffic. Located about 1 mile east of downtown Cornucopia on the Siskiwit River.)
  33. Telemark Trails (various, over 100 kilometers total; Note: Some of this is now on private land so pay attention to the signage)
  34. Tomahawk Lake Trail (5.2 mi)
  35. Town of Lincoln Community Forest (5 mi)
  36. Tri-County Corridor (32.5 mi w/in Bayfield Co)
  37. Twin Falls Trail (0.3 mi)
  38. Washburn Lakefront Walking Trail (2.6 mi)

    Note: There are two new trails since this map was created; One is located in the Town of Russell called the North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest Trail (5 mi) with info at the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands website; the other is the Salmo Lake Walk Trail (1.5 mi) across the highway (Highway 13 - Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway) from the Les Voight Fish Hatchery.

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Also, check out our Trails "story map" with trailhead locations, photos and more!