Friday, January 23, 2015

Great day hiking trails surround Wisconsin’s Cornucopia-Red Cliff area

View of the Mawikwe Sea Caves from the Mainland Trail.
Photo courtesy of Apostle Islands NPS.

Famed sea caves visible from
Apostle Islands mainland unit

Bayfield County ranks among Wisconsin’s most popular tourism destinations, 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 Cornucopia and Red Cliff.

On Bayfield Peninsula’s western shoreline is the unincorporated community of Cornucopia. It is near a mainland portion of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which features the Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves.

Circling around the top of the Bayfield Peninsula is the mainland portion of the national lakeshore. On the peninsula’s western shore is the village of Red Cliff, which serves as the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s administrative center. Fewer than a thousand people live on the Red Cliff reservation.

Popular day hiking trails in the Cornucopia-Red Cliff area include:
>>Mawikwe Bay sea caves
>>Roundup of trails near Red Cliff

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