Hiking in North Central Wisconsin

Hiking is a great way to explore North Central Wisconsin all year long! Whether you’re looking for wooded trails or more of a leisure walk along paved pathways, you’re going to find it all here. Wisconsin has 25,000 miles of some of the best trails for you to hike.

Beautiful views are around every corner, whether you’re out on the trails in spring, summer, winter, or fall. Plan your trip today and discover some of your new favorite hiking trails in North Central Wisconsin.

Here are more resources for you to successfully hike in North Central Wisconsin:

  • Season: Hike all year long! Note: This is subject to change depending on trail closures and weather conditions.
  • Trail maps & passes: See below for each county’s specific, recommended hiking areas and hiking trails. Depending on where you are hiking, you may need car, or on-foot admissions passes. Here is Wisconsin State Park trail pass information.

While planning your trip to or around Wisconsin, see more information below by county on the best places to hike.

Where to go Hiking in Wisconsin:

Forest County - Hiking

Hiking in Forest County

Forest County prides itself in sustaining our forests for all to enjoy. With much of the land surrounded by Chequamegon - Nicolet National Forest our hiking and biking trails are intertwined with the managed forest that makes for an amazingly beautiful stroll through the Northwoods. The management of the forests in Forest County allow for a long range of visibility within the dense forests, giving our visitors the most beautiful and unobstructed view as you immerse yourself in the heart of the Northern Wisconsin. Forest County has over 20 hiking, biking, equestrian and nature trails for you to explore. Bring your hiking shoes, bikes, and bird books to our part of the Northwoods and set your sites on some amazing views and experiences.
Langlade County Hiking

Hiking in Langlade County

Langlade County, The County of Trails, features over 120 miles of hiking trails at 10 different trail systems including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and 50 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.  View pristine scenery and abundant wildlife while hiking northern Wisconsin County of Trails!

Lincoln County Hiking

Hiking in Lincoln County

Get in the saddle and prepare to relax—this is a place you can explore on two wheels. The Tomahawk area is a paradise for bicyclists—there are miles of beautiful easy-riding rail trails, winding single-track trails and scenic country roads. Best of all, rides can take you past some of the best restaurants in the Northwoods.

There are many ways to explore the Tomahawk area, but one of the most rewarding is the simplest. Tomahawk is home to a big variety of hiking trails and walking paths that are open to anyone who feels like exploring. You’ll find trails that extend more than 1,000 miles to trails that meander to a beach just around the bend. All of Tomahawk’s trails are near tempting dining options and all offer experiences worth savoring.

Coasters Cycle Works in downtown Tomahawk offers information on bike trails, rental equipment and more. Repairs needed?  Make them your go to stop for biking and hiking.

Find some of our favorite trails here.

Marinette County Hiking

Hiking in Marinette County

Experience the untamed beauty of Marinette County's hiking trails and unleash your inner adventurer! Whether you're a passionate hiker, an avid mountain biker or a winter enthusiast craving some cross-country skiing or snowshoeing action, our forested trails have got you covered. Discover hidden gems like breathtaking waterfalls or embark on an exploration at Thunder Mountain Overlook Park, Governor Thompson State Park, Riverside Park in Niagara, or the Mary Hofer Walking Trail in Marinette. Get ready to conquer nature's challenges and create unforgettable memories along the way - because adventure awaits those who dare to seek it!

Oconto County Hiking

Hiking in Oconto County

Adventure-seekers have access to 139,000 acres of Nicolet National Forest land and 43,000 acres of public land full of all types of recreation – from hiking, camping, and paddling to wildlife watching, boating, and fishing.

Oneida County - Hiking
Relax and take in the fresh air and scenery of Oneida County. You’ll find trails throughout the county, so you won’t have to travel too far to find a true wilderness experience. Trails run through pristine forests but are also close to lodging and dining. Quiet and careful hikers can expect to see lots of wildlife on Oneida County trails. Common sightings include bald eagles, deer, bear, pileated woodpeckers, ruffed grouse and wild turkey.
Portage County Hiking

Hiking in Portage County

The Stevens Point Area has an expansive range of hiking and trail opportunities. The most popular being the Green Circle Trail, a 27-mile-long trail winding through forests, parks, wetlands and along two different rivers. Another stunning trail system is in Standing Rocks County Park. It includes 10 miles of trails that vary in difficulty and terrain.

Shawano County Hiking

Hiking in Shawano County

There are many options available for hiking throughout Shawano County including park-to-park trails within the City of Shawano, Rails-to-Trails including the Mountain Bay State Trail and WIOUWASH Trail.

Scenic hikes through the woods are available at many locations including Navarino Nature Center, Gibson Island.

The Cone Memorial Fitness Trail is a one-mile paved trail that has eight simple workout stations like those used on U.S. Army bases. It is located on the grounds of Hope Community Church, 302 Tristan Dr., Shawano.

Born Learning Trails located at Kuckuk Park, 700 Oak Dr., and Eberlein Park, 107 Eberlein Park Dr. in Shawano is geared toward preschoolers and families. They have engaging, interactive exhibits that are fun and educational. The trails highlight the unique cultural diversity of Shawano with signs in English and Spanish and many words in Menominee.

Wood County - Hiking

Hiking in Wood County

Explore the beauty along the Wisconsin River, travel through forests, past coffee shops, a brewery, and unique shops in downtown Wisconsin Rapids on the Ahdawagam trail system. The Red/River trail is a paved trail extending over 10 miles from Nekoosa on the south to Biron on the north. The 4.1 mile nature trail that circumvents Lake Wazeecha at South Wood County Park is popular year-round.

Don't miss amazing fauna and and flora at the state designated natural area of Powers Bluff, centrally located in Wood County. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Native American Cultural Sensitivity Area, Powers Bluff is the highest point in Wood County. There is 2 mile Potawatomi nature trail, 3 mile multi-use trail. Nepco Lake County Park has a 5.25 single track natural trail open year-round. Other great trail options include interpretive and multi-use trails at Dexter and North Wood County parks and the Richfield 360 County Forest.