Friday, December 5, 2014

Great trails abound in Northwoods county

Sparsely populated, northern Wisconsin’s Sawyer County offers a plethora of great day hiking trails.

Hayward, in the northwest corner, is the lone town of more than a thousand residents in Sawyer County. It’s home of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, which boasts the oft-photographed 200-foot fiberglass muskie. The world’s largest fiberglass structure, you can climb into the fish’s mouth for a view of the town. U.S. Hwy. 63 runs through Hayward, which sits alongside the Namekagon River.

The village of Winter in the southwest corner serves as a crossroads for accessing the main sections of the Flambeau River State Forest. Wis. Hwy. 70 runs through the town.

Three other small villages and a smattering of unincorporated communities dot the rest of the county.

Among the county’s top day hiking trails are:
g Namekagon-Laccourt Oreilles Portage Trail (Hayward)
g St. Croix National Scenic Riverway trails (Hayward)
g Totagatic River State Wildlife Area jeep trail (Hayward)
g Rim Creek Loop (Winter)
g Tuscobia State Trail (southern Sawyer County)

Read more about these and nearby trails in Day Hiking Trails of Sawyer County.