Explore One Incredible County on Two Wheels
One of the best ways to explore Vilas County is by bicycle, especially on the Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System, which connects the communities of St. Germain, Sayner, Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, and Mercer on 52 miles of paved trails. The trail snakes through the Northern Highland American Legion Forest and takes you alongside sparkling lakes and rivers.
Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the many scenic rest areas with picnic tables on the trail. Also come prepared with swimming attire so you can take a refreshing dip in one of the swimming spots.
No matter where in Vilas County you call home base, you won’t be very far away from a convenient location to start your journey. There are 20 parking areas along the trail where you can start your ride.
While the trail will provide you with a variety of stunning views, the entire system is suitable for all types of riders. You’ll roll on smooth paved trails with flat-to-rolling terrain and several picturesque bridges. While there are some hills, they are manageable for novice riders.
If you need to add more air in your tires or make a minor repair while you are rolling along, The Heart of Vilas Bike Trail System has Fixtations with outdoor bike stands, several bike tools, and tire pumps at the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce (intersection of Highways 70 and 155), The Corner Store (3109 Razorback Road in Sayner), The Mobil Station (277 Main Street in Sayner), Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce (on Hwy 51), the intersection of Highways K and H in Boulder Junction, and the intersection of Highways M and N in Boulder Junction.
For more information about trailheads, the mileage and terrain of the segments of the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System, and the communities you’ll bike through along the way, visit biketheheart.org.
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