Sunday, September 18, 2016

Maps of 5 great Burnett County day hikes

Visitors to Wisconsin’s Burnett County can enjoy a number of major recreational areas, many of which contain great day hiking trails.

Five great county day hikes and maps for them include:

Big Bear Lake Nature Trails
The Big Bear Lake Nature Trails offer three great day hiking opportunities for those in the lake country of Burnett County. All three trails are accessible from the same trailhead. The Grouse Walk Trail is the shortest at a half-mile.

Cedar Interpretive Trail
You can see trees that are more than 200 years old on the Cedar Interpretive Trail. You can’t get lost on the trail, as the 1-mile round trip is on a boardwalk. It partially crosses the 330-acre Norway Point Bottomlands State Natural Area, which adjoins the Governor Knowles State Forest.

Hay Creek Trail
A plethora of trails run through the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, an expansive, 30,000-acre wetlands in southwest Burnett County. Among the most popular of them is the Hay Creek Trail, a 1.5-mile loop.

Namekagon Delta Trail
Families can day hike to a scenic delta at the confluence of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. A number of unnamed and non-maintained trails run near the delta in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. A 2.7-mile out-and-back trail walks a ridge overlooking the delta.

Sandrock Cliffs Trail
Unique, imposing bluffs set above a lush river await hikers of the Sandrock Cliffs Trail. Up to five miles of trails run through the area in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway along the Minnesota border. The southernmost trail – a three-mile loop – offers more than enough scenery, but an additional two miles of connecting trails are available for those with a little more energy to burn.

Learn about nearby trails in Hittin’ the Trail: Day Burnett County, Wisconsin.