One of the best ways to explore the 12 unique communities of Vilas County is on two wheels. And one of the finest routes for travelers on two wheels is the Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System. In total, riders can explore more than 45 miles of paved trails connecting St. Germain, Sayner, Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters. No need to be an experienced mountain biker, or own any special equipment—the trail system features smooth pavement suitable for all types of riders. All you need is your sense of adventure.
Let’s explore the four trails that make up the Heart of Vilas County.
- St. Germain: Find the main trailhead behind the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, where Highway 70 meets Highway 155. This trail connects with Sayner and passes a wayside with restrooms, a picnic area and the Awassa Nature Preserve & Hiking Trail, for those in the mood for a shady, level walk.
- Sayner-Star Lake: Park at Froelich Drive and County Highway N to access this trail. It runs from County Highways M & N east toward Sayner, passing the Crystal Lake Campground, beautiful lakes and picnic areas for a quick lunch or snack stop.
- Boulder Junction: Hop on this trail at the Boulder Junction Chamber office and bike from County Highways K & H through Boulder south to County Highway N. You’ll find plenty of scenic stops perfect for taking beautiful photos along the way, as well as a picnic area.
- Manitowish Waters: You can access this trail from several points, including the Manitowish Waters Community Center, Koller Park, Rest Lake Park and the North Lakeland Discovery Center. There are restrooms and water stops along the way, plus a playground.
Or, if you’re up for an extra-long ride, take the trail from community to community. Park in St. Germain and follow the trail through Sayner, Boulder Junction and into Manitowish Waters. Or start in Manitowish Waters and make your ways towards St. Germain. When hunger calls, stop in one of the area’s quaint restaurants before making your way back along this beautiful stretch of trail.
For more information about the Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System, click here.