Boulder Junction in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is a great place to bike, offering an excellent variety of bicycling opportunities. Paved trails, mountain bike trails and quiet roadways combine to create an incredible bicycling destination. Boulder Junction’s most popular bicycling opportunity is a set of trails that make up the Heart of Vilas County Bike & Hike Trail System.
This is an outstanding trail specifically maintained for mountain biking. Enjoy majestic pine forest and scenic wetlands as you pedal 12 miles of trails. There are two trailheads – one on Old Road K and the other off of Concora Road.
This trail starts at the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce office and runs for three miles to Nichols Lake. The picnic area at Nichols Beach is a great place to stop for lunch.
Take blacktop trail from downtown Boulder Junction to beautiful Trout Lake and to the Crystal Lake Campground in Sayner. This 11-mile, fully-paved trail is perfect for all types of bicycles. The trail connects with the Plum Lake Trail and continues to the St. Germain Hike & Bike Trail. Together, all three trails form the 23-mile paved Heart of Vilas County Hike & Bike Trail.
Much of the Boulder Junction Area Trail system is paved, making it perfect for touring cyclists on road bikes. Boulder Junction is also surrounded by hundreds of miles of quiet roadways offering spectacular woodland scenery and unbelievable waterscapes.
Hikers looking to explore the forests will find several designated hiking trails.
Hilling, rolling woodlands await hikers along four trail loops ranging from 2 to 8.5 miles. Directions to trail: Take Hwy. M 4 miles south from Boulder Junction. Then turn left onto Nebish Road and go 3.5 miles to the Trailhead.
Located four miles south of Boulder Junction on Hwy M, this one-mile loop on a peninsula on Trout Lake is a trek you don’t want to miss.
This hilly trail offers wonderful views of Fallison Lake and the surrounding area. Choose from tail loops ranging from a half mile to 2.5 miles. Located across from the Crystal Lake Campground on Hwy N, west of Sayner
Hike twelve miles of trails running through tall pine forests and expansive wetlands. Access is available at two trailheads – one on Old Road K and the other off of Concora Road.
Located on a peninsula extending out into Star Lake, this trail features one and 2.5-mile loops. From the intersection of Hwy K and Hwy N in Star Lake, head west on Hwy K to Statehouse Road. When you get to the entrance of the West Star Campground, continue straight ahead.
Enjoy beautiful views of Muskellunge Lake as you hike along this handicapped-accessible paved nature trail. The trail links to both the Crystal Lake Trail and the Plum Lake Trail. The trailhead is located off of Hwy N at the Crystal Lake Campground beach.
Boulder Junction is surrounded by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts can also explore the 225,000-acre forest, offering hundreds of miles of paths, trails and logging roads.
Horseback riding is also allowed in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.