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Top Bayfield, Wisconsin Hiking/Walking Trails

Top Bayfield, Wisconsin Hiking/Walking Trails

Bayfield, WI is a great place to go for outdoor enthusiasts, which is why we made a list of the best hiking and walking trails (some are biking trails, too) in our area. You can see a map of where the trails are located here.

What is Hiking?

Hiking is essentially a walk in the outdoors. You travel to an area that is surrounded by nature rather than houses or buildings and try to immerse yourself in that area. Usually a hike is longer than your typical walk, though everyone walks for different lengths.

What to bring when hiking:

  • Water-proof sneakers or boots
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Snacks
  • GPS
  • Walking stick

Forgot some of this stuff at home or at your campsite? You can visit stores like Howl Downtown, Trek & Trail and Howl Adventure Center to get the items you need.

Why hike in Bayfield, WI?

Not only can you find peace and relaxation in nature, but in Bayfield, WI, you might be able to see interesting animals like whitetail deer, snowshoe hares, ducks, beavers, otters and chipmunks. The greenery in Bayfield is luscious, making for a great backdrop for family photos (especially when the leaves change colors in the fall). If you're looking to learn about the variety of plants in Wisconsin, then going on a hike is the best way to do it.

Additionally, Bayfield is right by lake Superior, so you can go on a hike and swim in the lake later to cool off. You can hike to an area with a view of the lake and watch the boats and sailboats cruise across the water, too. 

What to bring when hiking:

  • Water-proof sneakers or boots
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Snacks
  • GPS
  • Walking stick

Forgot some of this stuff at home or at your campsite? You can visit stores like Howl Downtown, Trek & Trail and Howl Adventure Center to get the items you need.

Most popular hikes in Bayfield

Check out our favorite hikes to do near the Apostle Islands Area Campground.

Easy

Big Ravine Nature Trail

Length: 1.3 miles
Elevation gain: 242 ft.
Features: Geocaching, hill, lake views
Distance from our campground: 5-minute drive

Brownstone Trail

Length: 5 miles
Elevation gain: 213 ft.
Features: Neighborhoods, wild flowers
Distance from our campground: 4-minute drive

Diesel Bear Loop

Length: 3.4 miles
Elevation gain:
219 ft.
Features
: Bayfield County Forest, wild flowers
Distance from our campground: 15-minute drive

Iron Bridge Trail

Length: .5 miles
Elevation gain: 59 ft.
Features: Iron Bridge, creek, waterfall
Distance from our campground: 5-minute drive

Salmo Lake Walk Trail

Length: 1.5 miles
Features: Pikes Creek, Les Voigt State Fish Hatchery
Distance from our campground: 4-minute drive

Moderate

Lost Creek Falls Walking Trails

Length: 3 miles
Features: Waterfall, forests, wild flowers
Distance from our campground: 30-minute drive

Meyers Beach Sea Cave Trail

Length: 4.6 miles
Elevation gain: 269 ft.
Dog friendly: Yes
Fee: $5.
Features: Meyers Beach, Mawikwe Bay, sea caves (access via canoeing)
Distance from our campground: 25-minute drive

Mountain Bike Trailhead

Features: Downhills, rocks, interesting signs and decorations
Distance from our campground: 6-minute drive

North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest

Features: Beaver Hollow, wetlands, swamp hardwood forest
Distance from our campground: 10-minute drive

Jerry Jay Jolly Hike/Ski Trailhead (otherwise known as Pikes Creek Trail System)

Length: 8 miles
Features: Pikes Creek, forestry
Distance from our campground: 10-minute drive

Moderate

Lost Creek Falls Walking Trails

Length: 3 miles
Features: Waterfall, forests, wild flowers
Distance from our campground: 30-minute drive

Meyers Beach Sea Cave Trail

Length: 4.6 miles
Elevation gain: 269 ft.
Dog friendly: Yes
Fee: $5.
Features: Meyers Beach, Mawikwe Bay, sea caves (access via canoeing)
Distance from our campground: 25-minute drive

Mountain Bike Trailhead

Features: Downhills, rocks, interesting signs and decorations
Distance from our campground: 6-minute drive

North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest

Features: Beaver Hollow, wetlands, swamp hardwood forest
Distance from our campground: 10-minute drive

Jerry Jay Jolly Hike/Ski Trailhead (otherwise known as Pikes Creek Trail System)

Length: 8 miles
Features: Pikes Creek, forestry
Distance from our campground: 10-minute drive

Hard

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Mainland Trail (on Stockton Island)

Length: 9 miles
Features: Lighthouses, old farms, beaches and scenic views
Distance from our campground: 2 to 3 hours by ferry

Rock Lake Mountain Bike Trailhead (could also be called Rock Lake National Recreation Trail)

Length: 1 to 10 miles
Features: Hilly terrain, lakes like Namekagon Lake and Garden Lake, forestry
Fee: $5
Distance from our campground: 1-hour-and-10-minute drive

Conclusion

Ready to try some of these Bayfield hiking trails? Stay at our campground!
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