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This 12 mile paved trail runs throughout St. Germain, connecting bicyclists, hikers and birdwatchers with the 50-mile Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail. The gentle terrain makes for leisurely walking and pedaling. The trail leads west 8 miles along Highway 70 to County Highway C, and north along County Highway C to Plum Creek Avenue. A new 4 mile section of trail extends east from the Bike & Hike Park through the downtown area and then traverses a scenic section of Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Land. Ample free parking is available at St. Germain’s Town Park. The St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail was created to link St. Germain to the trail in the nearby town of Sayner. The trail dovetails into Vilas County’s master plan to make a continuous loop of trails through the entire county.
The main trailhead can be accessed at the Bike & Hike Park behind the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce at the intersection of Hwys 70 and 155.
Parking is available at the east end of the trail across from South Bay Road and on Old Hwy 70.
Wife and I loved this ride! All paved and fun hills and curves. Great fall colors and a top trail in the north woods.
We wrote this yesterday starting at the southern and near Saint Germain up to Sayre and then back down. It has many Rollinghills some are rather steep. If my counters right there were 17 total. At least two we made it almost to the crust then had to walk the bikes back up the hill. The trail crosses the road many times it is clearly marked so keep your eyes open for those changes.
We rode this today from the southern portion outside St Germaine up to Sayer and the trailhead for the Plum Lake Trail. Then back down. It had 17 rolling hills in one direction. Fast downhill and uphill was challenging. On the return trip we couldn’t make it up and walked part of the way. Green
Biked the entire trail and it was in great condition. We started the trail near Plum Creek and road beyond St. G. Great bakery in town.
My boyfriend and I biked this trail in June and had a wonderful time. The paved trail was in excellent condition though, a few times, when the trail ended at a gravel road, we hoped we were going in the right direction (and were)so some more signs would be better. A black bear crossed the trail in front of us at one point which was very exciting and we watched an osprey on a nest with at least one chick! We are planning to bike the extension from Sayner to Boulder Junction on our next trip to the North Woods.
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