Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Great trails surround northern Wisconsin’s Washburn

Lakes Superior view in Washburn, Wis. Photo courtesy of City of Washburn, Wis.
Bayfield County ranks among Wiscon-
sin’s most popular tourism destin-
ations, attracting skiers, boaters, campers and sightseers. It also offers dozens of miles of trails for those who love hiking.

Consisting mainly of forestland and lakeshore, each Bayfield County village feels like a quaint throwback to years past. Only one of them boasts a population close to 3000 people.

Ten villages can be found there, with the majority of them hugging the lakeshore or a county line. Among them is Washburn.

The county seat, Washburn also is the county’s largest town at more than 2100 people. Sitting on the lakeshore, it was named after a state governor who founded the town. Though known for tourism today, at one time is was home to a DuPont explosives plant.

Popular day hiking trails in the Washburn area include:
g Houghton Falls
g Mt. Valhalla trails
g Roundup of Washburn area trails

Read more about day hiking Bayfield County in my Hittin’ the Trail: Day Bayfield County, Wisconsin guidebook.