Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wisconsin’s NE corner offers excellent hikes

Big Manitou Falls, the fourth highest waterfall east of the
Rocky Mountains.
Day hikers visiting or staying in Wisconsin’s northwest corner – Douglas County – will find themselves at the center of an outdoors mecca. A number of excellent hiking trails can be found in and around Douglas County.

Douglas County is home to two state parks, one of which boasts the fourth highest highest waterfall east of the Rockies and the other a set of falls visible from a covered bridge. Another trail heads along part of the world’s longest freshwater sand spit.

Six counties surround Douglas County, each providing a variety of hiking trails that are easy to reach. The longest shared border is to the east with Bayfield County, where several walking paths, including the North Country National Scenic Trail, run through the Chequamegon National Forest.

To the southeast, Douglas County has a tangental border with Sawyer County, which offers both the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Birkebeiner Trail system.

Washburn County, with the scenic riverway and Wild Rivers Trail, is to the southeast. Burnett County, where the scenic river splits into its St. Croix and Namekagon sections, is to the southwest.

Across the state line in Minnesota, Carlton County sits to the southwest and boasts the scenic Jay Cooke State Park.

Most people coming to or from Douglas County do so via the bridges leading to St. Louis County in the northwest, where the city of Duluth offers a plethora of great hikes, including segments for the Superior Hiking Trail and the Willard Munger State Trail.

Read more about more Douglas County day hiking trails in my Day Hiking Trails of Douglas County guidebook.