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Four Phelps-Area Hikes We’re Daydreaming About Taking

Spring has arrived in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. April’s sunshine and rain showers have melted the lingering snow in all but the shadiest corners of the forest. The trails have begun to drain, and they’re beckoning us to go for a hike in the woods.

While Wisconsin is still under Governor Evers’s Safer At Home orders until May 26, some restrictions are beginning to be lifted. Among these loosening restrictions is the announcement of the May 1 reopening of 34 state parks that had been closed for three weeks. According to Governor Evers, “Outdoor recreation is important for both physical and mental health, and I know how important it is to Wisconsinites to get outside and enjoy Wisconsin’s natural resources and spring weather.”

The governor’s statement serves as a great reminder of the importance and healing powers of taking a long walk in the woods. We know that when restrictions are lifted and it is safe to travel, the Northwoods will welcome us with open arms! Phelps is a town off the beaten path in Vilas County that boasts many opportunities for uncrowded, serene hikes. Here are four Phelps-area hikes that we’re looking forward to taking in the upcoming months.

Phelps Hiking Trail

Located off of Highway E and Sugar Maple Road, the Phelps Hiking Trail is an easy nature hike that is suitable for all ages. This 1-mile trail is perfect for enjoying the restorative sights and sounds of nature.

Beaver Creek Trail

Beaver Creek Trail is located off of Indian Road near the Vista Lake Trails. Lace up your hiking boots and experience the healing powers of a backcountry hike through pristine forested lands.

Blackjack Springs Trail

This 4-mile hiking trail features some of Vilas County’s finest opportunities for wildlife observation and bird watching. Be sure to bring your binoculars! This off-shoot of the Vista Lake Trails is a good choice for a spring day’s hike.

Conover–Phelps Trail

If you’re seeking a long—but not-too-technical—walk or bike ride amidst varied settings, check out this nearly 8-mile rail trail that will take you from Phelps to Conover. This level gravel path takes you through some wetland areas, so this is yet another great opportunity for bird watching.

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