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Visit Langlade County's Hillbilly Hilton

June 28, 2022

Chelsey Lewis

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Lumbercamp segment of the trail passes through the old Norem Lumber Camp, which operated in the 1920s and '30s. All that remains of the camp are some log foundations and a root cellar, which has been turned into a rough bunk house dubbed the Hillbilly Hilton.

The small sod-roofed structure looks a little like a Hobbit house built into a rise in the ground. Inside are a couple of wooden bunk platforms, a small table, shelving, and odds and ends left behind by people who have passed through. 

Find it: The 12-mile Lumbercamp Segment’s western end is on County Highway A near the Peters Marsh State Wildlife Area, where parking is available. The eastern end is on Highway 52. There’s also parking on County Highway S, which is about 3 miles west of the Hillbilly Hilton. Look for the structure just west of Otto Mauk Road.  

Note that there are active logging operations on this segment of the trail, so be aware of debris and possible trail reroutes. 

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