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Explore the best rated trails in Lac Du Flambeau, WI, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Bearskin State Trail and Western Gateway Trail . With more than 18 trails covering 465 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
I rode this trail once to complete the last section of the 52 miles of the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System. The 2 1/2 mile section that is right next to the Manitowish Waters trail is excellent. From the Town Hall on Hwy 51,go west and cross the Manitowish river, then cross Co. Hwy 51. Follow the trail until you come out at Angler's bar. This section is filled with woods and a bridge and is so fun to ride through. It shouldn't be missed, it is beautiful. I would pass on the rest of the trail as you head west. It gets worse and worse as you ride. They have you going on a lot of access roads that are really boring. Once you get to Mercer there is another really boring road to ride on going into town. My advice would be to ride the first part of this trail until it connects back up to the Manitowish Waters trail at Angler's bar. Then continue on the Manitowish Waters trail and even the Crystal Lake trail, they are both outstanding and way better than the western part of the Mercer trail.
Beautiful fall colors this weekend. We had a great walk along this awesome trail
We thought the trail was in great shape. We rode it in September of 2023 on gravel bikes. It was leaf covered which had us worried after the other reviews, but we did not encounter any ruts or washouts. There were a few short segments that were also ATV trails, but they were in great shape and not rutted. I would not ride a road bike on this trail, but it is great for any bike with wider tires—I think we have 34s on our gravel bikes. I submitted two pictures and accidentally said they were from October 2023 when they were really from late September 2023. We are camping and I haven’t been thinking about dates!
This is a beautiful trail and well maintained. We rode from our cabin just outside of Phelps to Conover. The trail was quiet and peaceful. Lunch at the Boathouse in Conover was delicious and the service and atmosphere outstanding. The return ride was equally enjoyable. Perfect on a beautiful fall day.
I biked most of the length of the trail while on a long-distance tour. With 1.5" tires it was challenging to get through, and sometimes nearly impassable. The gravel shoulder of Highway 13 is easier traveling, honestly. The surface isn't crushed limestone. It's made of loose gravel and stones up to 1"—basically the same as the ag roads in the area. I would only recommend this if you are on an unloaded mountain bike or fat tire bike.
That said, it is flat, straight, and low-traffic in a beautiful area.
Narrow, (Six foot wide) paved path follows natural contours of land. Short but steep hills, blind corners. Utility poles situated in path in some areas.Runs alongside busy roadways. Frightening, expected head on crash.
Smooth, paved surface but only 8 ft wide. Follows natural contours ( more uneven than road contours) . Varies from curvy paths through park like woodlands, to rough ( but new) bridges at the bottom of short but steep hills.
The trail was beautiful and pristine! Stayed at Big Lake so I was able to travel to MW and BJ. Both cute cites with things to do. While on the trail the maintenance crew was tending to it cutting, raking and blowing debris away. A must ride!
We rode the entire trail beginning at the train depot in Ironwood to Ramsay and then back to Ironwood. There are bathrooms and parking in Ironwood and a portable toilet in Bessemer. The entire trail is paved and very smooth. From Ironwood to Bessemer the trail is quite flat. After Bessemer and into Ramsay (about 7.5 mile mark) the trail gets hilly. The hills were manageable in low gear for my 60+ age. Use caution at the few street crossings; the cars do not give the bikes the right of way. Overall, it was a great ride.
We parked at North Lakeland Discovery Center. There was ample parking and bathrooms. We rode east 3 miles until a thunderstorm turned us around. The trail is paved asphalt and well maintained. It is a a flat easy ride. The only negative was that it followed the road and was not as scenic as we had hoped. Very little of the short section we rode was in the woods. Just be prepared for seeing traffic next to the trail. Overall, it was a nice ride that we would do again.
Biked Ironwwod to Ramsey on this sweet PAVED trail teeming with wild flowers. At mile 3.5 it leaves Hwy 2 and becomes completely wooden. Saw a deer and beaver dam. Loved reading the historic signs.
We rode from Sayner to County Roads M & N. Beautiful trail winding through several pine woods. Kudos to Vilas County for providing extremely well-maintained paved bike trails! We will definitely return to bike more of the trails.
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