Manitowish Waters Bike Trail


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Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Vilas
Length: 18.6 miles
Trail end points: Highway M / Main Street (Boulder Junction) and Powell Road (Manitowish Waters)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8055229

Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Description

A good place to begin your journey on the paved Manitowish Waters Bike Trail is downtown Boulder Junction. From there, you’ll ride along Highway K west out of town with tall trees on either side of the roadway.

On its eastern end, the trail takes you through Papoose Creek Pines State Natural Area. Highway K ends at a T-intersection and you’ll take a left, heading south along Highway W. You’ll pass Rest Lake Park and the North Lakeland Discovery Center, where swimming and restrooms are available, and continue into downtown Manitowish Waters.

At another T-intersection, you’ll come to Highway 51 and turn left (southeast) to continue to the trail’s end near Powell Road and the Manitowish Waters Airport. Restrooms, water, and benches can be found at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Airport Road, making it an enjoyable resting point after the ride. 

Parking and Trail Access

The Community Center Trailhead is located on Highway 51 and Airport Road in Manitowish Waters. 

The Red Feather Road Trailhead is located one mile from Highway W at the intersection of Highway K and Red Feather Road. 

Parking is available at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Highway 51. Parking is also available at Koller Park, Rest Lake Park and the North Lakeland Discovery Center off Highway W.

Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Reviews


First time on this trail. We rode from the intersection of Roads H and K, few miles west of Boulder Junction, to the west end of the trail at Powell Road and then back to our starting point. Probably the nicest trail we have ever ridden. They actually mow the grass on either side of the trail! Smooth ride. As old people, we were glad we had our e-bikes and there were lots of hills - not long, but some were steep. Several rest stops along the way with good signage. Nice bathrooms too!

Live Free

Spectacular ! My wife and I rode from Mantiowish Waters to Boulder Junction.
We have traveled across the country in an RV and this is the best landscaped trail we have ever ridden. Hats off to the maintenance team and the private parties that keep this trail intact.


Best trail I’ve ever ridden. Manicured is a fair description. I need a second home nearby. ¿

Completed this trail in June, 2022

It was a challenge finding the trail from where we parked. Advise you park at a designated trailhead and backtrack to ride the whole thing. They could do a better job of marking the trail when it veers off. In Boulder Junction you will be riding on the rode in traffic. It is a fairly level trail. There are two manageable hills.


very smooth trail

Bike trail is in very good condition! Being fall, a few areas had a build up of leaves but just added to the great experience of biking in the woods. Tried to bike to breakfast in Boulder Junction but restaurant was closed during the week during the off season.

awesome trail

This is a excellent trail, Very well maintained. We did all three trails in three days. Beautiful in the fall. Bathrooms are clean, and maintained.

Best Trail Surface

This is the best trail we’ve ever ridden (and we’ve ridden a few). Smooth asphalt free of bumps from tree roots or frost heaves. Lots of gentle curves and hills. Well maintained bridges and a very clean pit toilet along the way. Would ride this all the time if I lived here!

Best surface

Loved this trail … it’s the best asphalt surface I’ve ever rode on. In fact, we encountered lawn mowers followed by people blowing off the clippings (& pine cones) behind them. The highly cared for trail has beautiful pine trees the entire way - great trail.

Beautiful day and beautiful trail

Very well maintained with asphalt for easy riding. The grass along the sides was freshly cut and manicured. We parked on Main St in Boulder Junction so we could refresh with a cold one at the Alehouse.

Beautiful, well maintained trail

This paved trail is for all bike rider levels.

Best trail that I have ever ridden

I just recently rode this trail 3 days in a row. It is so beautiful. It is in great shape and very well taken care of. I love how the trail has so many curves to it,and most of it cuts through a forest of trees. You go by parks, and lakes, and over bridges. Those bridges vibrate when you go over them. If you get a chance to ride this gem,you will love it,it is the best trail that i have ever ridden.

beautiful trail

One of the best paved trails I have ever been on. This trail has plenty of room and beautiful scenery. Perfect for taking a short ride with the fam and stopping to pick berries on the side of the trail if your looking for them. Or great for a faster paced workout. Love these trails.

Great Trail

First time on the MW trail couple weeks back. Being first time out this summer, my wife and I couldn't quite do the entire trip to Boulder Junction & back but really enjoyed the ride & scenery. We will definitely be back again & spend more time in MW.

One of the best

Rode from Rest Lake Park to the parking area just short of Boulder Junction and back, about 26.6 miles. The trail is beautiful with it winding through the woods and wetlands. Though not flat, the hills are short and fairly easy. The pavement is in excellent condition, and well maintained. Even the sections that share the road right of way on the shoulder are very wide and there is no feeling of traffic being too close. Will most certainly add to my list of those trails to ride again.

Fun Paved Trail

The MW trail is now 14.5 miles long and connects with the Heart of Vilas Trails giving you access to 45 miles of trails. Combined with nice country roads, I road 11 days in a row, never doing the same route. The MW trail is a paved curving trail that is mostly flat. Scenery is nice, the bridges are nice (one is a bit rough if you go fast) and the people are great. Lot's of parking along the way. Once you get past P and head towards Boulder Junction (and beyond) the trail becomes a bit more rolling.

The Manitowish Chain is 10 very clear lakes with many options for lakeside cabins. You can bike, hike, kayak, boat, fish and more without leaving town!

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