Best Trails in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin, Ashland County

02 :35 hrs
3.1 mi
10.80423 ft

Big Bay State Park is on Madeline Island, the largest of Lake Superior's 22 Apostle Islands. During winter, ferry service from Bayfield is available until the ferry is unable to break the ice on the lake. When ferry service is no longer available, an ice road or wind-sleds and passenger vans may be available to Madeline Island. This trail follows Lake Superior’s shoreline for its entire length. With the expansive lake to one side and beautiful woods to the other, the views are magnificent. The trail is flat and easy for any member of the family. The out-and-back nature of the trail allows you to turn around at any time.


Wisconsin, Baraboo

05 :55 hrs
59.6 mi
124.701065 ft

This tour visits an area with many geological quartzite remnants that date back to prehistoric times and offers many scenic challenges. You will follow the river to the west and then coast down to a town that is home to the Mid-Continental Railway Museum. Next, ride below the ridge and travel along the southern cliffs of Devil’s Lake State Park and then cruise down to the Wisconsin River and enjoy free passage across it by ferry. Across the river, take a tour around Gibraltar Rock and then cross the river again. The end of the challenge will demand your energy as you climb up the ridge, passing a Scottish estate before a rolling descent back to the start. For a 26-mile ride, turn left off of Sky High Road onto State Highway 123, turn right onto County Road DI, and then left onto State Highway 113.


Wisconsin, Door County

08 :01 hrs
80.5 mi
51.505463 ft

This ride tours an area that is known by visitors as “Wisconsin’s Cape Cod.” You will explore hundreds of coves offering culinary delights, state parks, and lighthouses. As you follow along the Green Bay shoreline, you will visit several quaint, historic towns, visit Peninsula State Park, and roll through the vast countryside and farmland. The terrain is rolling with several climbs. For a 25-mile ride, turn right off County Road B onto Carlsville Road then turn right, heading south on Mathey Road just past Carlsville.


Michigan, Alger County

00 :23 hrs
0.5 mi
28.22293 ft

The trail to Laughing Whitefish Falls is a short out-and-back hike to one of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in all of Michigan. The second part of the trail provides railing and stairs that help hikers navigate the descent down to a good viewpoint of the falls. The hike is not very long but the trail down to the falls is a little steep. There is a spur trail located at the midway point of the falls trail that hikers can take to add mileage and explore the area further north to a scenic canyon.


Wisconsin, Whitewater

04 :58 hrs
49.8 mi
60.64154 ft

Biking here at the gateway to the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest is renowned. You will ride along peaceful rolling hills and meander in and out of the kettled forest as you pass through many historic towns. Some of the landmarks that you will encounter are an open-air museum, a village once used as a stagecoach stop, and a well dug in 1895 where you can fill your water bottles. The terrain is hilly with several climbs and the scenery is phenomenal. For a 29-mile ride, turn right off Hooper Road onto County Road Z and later, continue straight on Bluff Road instead of turning left on Tamarack Road.


Michigan, Baraga County

00 :35 hrs
0.7 mi
29.94931 ft

This short out-and-back trail follows the canyon rim above the Sturgeon River to scenic lookouts of the lower and upper Canyon Falls. The scenery along the trail includes thick forest terrain with views of the rocky gorge and river below. The official trail only goes as far as the upper falls but there is rugged unmaintained trail that continues on to the lower falls for more experienced hikers looking for additional adventure and challenge.


Wisconsin, Superior

03 :46 hrs
9.2 mi
13.053986 ft

Located in the town of Superior, this trail system traverses the beautiful Superior Forest and has trails for skiers of all skill levels. All of the trails are wide and well-groomed for both classical and skate stride skiing. This trail has a spectacular view! It is better suited for advanced skiers as it is longer and more hilly with bypass side loops and more difficult terrain. This trail falls within a designated State Natural Area (SNA) valued for its unique biological resources and boreal forest. Part of the trail is shared with snowmobiles.


Wisconsin, Oneida County

01 :10 hrs
2.6 mi
22.379913 ft

Minocqua Winter Park has over 6,500 acres of pristine terrain containing over 45 miles of groomed trails for skiers of all skill levels. Many other winter recreation activities are also available at Minocqua Winter Park. The VO2 Max is listed as one of the top ten trails in the United States by one popular source. This trail has been used as a race course for decades and has hosted the several well-known competitions. This trail has many twists and turns and includes some man-made obstacles to add to the intensity. It is narrow with trees very close on both sides to really test your skill.


Wisconsin, Oconto

07 :60 hrs
80 mi
39.477524 ft

At the far northeast corner of the state, along the shoreline of Green Bay, enjoy a ride that takes you through a region influenced by three rivers. The area is rich with history and the towns that you visit each showcase their own character. You will ride along scenic riverbanks and meandering country lanes from the shoreline of the bay to each of the three rivers that this route is named for. The terrain is moderately rolling to flat. For a 33-mile ride, continue straight on County Road A instead of turning left on Hogsback Road.


Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien

06 :12 hrs
62.5 mi
185.12654 ft

This ride offers you a scenic tour around the Lower Wisconsin River and back up the Mississippi. You will travels through historic towns, along the ridge overlooking the rivers, through vast prairies, and pass historic sites. The terrain is rolling with a couple moderate climbs. For a 34-mile ride, turn right on State Highway 60 in Wauzeka. Be cautious on many of the highways as traffic can be fast.

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