A fun family hike or a good workout?
If you’re looking for great views, a quiet forest hike, or a great hiking workout, you’ll find them all in Northern Wisconsin right here in Bayfield. Enjoy a fun family hike along the shoreline of Lake Superior or an easy half hour of exercise you and your “little ones” can take right out of town on the Brownstone Trail. For more strenuous hiking, Wisconsin hikers will want to don their hiking boots and tackle the Meyers Road trail or Pike’s Creek and Mt. Ashwabay Trail Network.
There’s great Northern Wisconsin hiking along Lake Superior or in the forests on the Peninsula. Pick any of these for the amount of time you have and the difficulty you seek:
Brownstone Hiking Trail – 5 miles round trip, easy walking and biking on an old railroad bed which skirts the lakeshore just south of Bayfield. The trail begins at the kiosk just kitty corner from Maggie’s Restaurant in Bayfield.
The Big Ravine Hiking Trail – 2 miles round trip. Hike uphill along the steep rim of the ravine and enjoy the gorgeous old growth hemlocks which thrive on the precipitous sides of the ravine. Access from downtown Bayfield: follow 4th Street uphill to Bayfield School. Turn left on Sweeney and park in the baseball field. The trail begins behind the outfield fence (on your right).
Iron Bridge Nature Hiking Trail – short but sweet at three-quarters of a mile, this beautiful trail follows the ravine creek under the old Iron Bridge uphill and across the creek to an overlook. Pick up the hiking trail uphill from the ferry boat landing on Washington Ave. in Bayfield. See the Iron Bridge and park on your right.
Mt. Ashwabay Ski Area Hiking Trails – distances vary. A range of hiking opportunities on cross country ski trails – easy to challenging depending on your route. Take State Highway 13, 2 miles south of Bayfield to Ski Hill Road.
Mt. Valhalla Trails – distances vary. Ten miles west of Washburn on County Highway C, the Valhalla Sports Area is nestled in the Chequamegon National Forest. The area has over 30 km of cross country ski trails that provide great hiking through red and jack pine forests as well as mixed birsh and maple forests.
Sioux River Flats Beach Hiking Trail – 3.8 miles round trip. Take off your shoes and scrunch some sand as you walk the Lake Superior shoreline from Bayview Park Road to the Sioux River. Beach access – follow Highway 13 south from Bayfield five miles. Take a sharp left on Bayview Park Road and park. Walk south along this pristine stretch past the wetlands to the Sioux River and back.
Fish Hatchery/Pikes Creek Hiking Trail – 2 miles round trip. Combine a walk along Pikes Creek with a visit to the state fish hatchery where you’ll find two large aquariums with native Lake Superior fish. Access the trailhead 2 miles south of Bayfield at the State Fish Hatchery. Park in the lots near Highway 13 and walk between the buildings towards the fish ponds. Continue along the creek past the service building.
Jerry Jolly Hiking Trail – distances vary – Enjoy meandering through 1,000 acres of Bayfield County Forest and Wisconsin’s Nourse Sugarbush Natural area. Pick up the trail by turning onto County Highway J just south of Bayfield. Continue forward through the four way stop sign, the road turns into Star Route – follow Jerry Jolly signs to parking lot.
Meyers Beach Hiking Trail – 4.5 miles one way, from the Meyers Road parking area (fee for parking), past the mainland sea caves, and ending at a single developed campsite (permit required.) As a part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, this trail offers a good workout hiking trail that takes you up above the Lake Superior sea caves and gives you fabulous views of some of the Apostle Islands. Located 18 miles north of Bayfield – turn off State Highway 13 at the large Meyers Road sign.