Whether you're looking to explore or just relax, Antigo and Langlade County, located in the great Wisconsin "Northwoods", offers residents and visitors alike an abundant array of cultural, historical, natural, and recreational options. The true Northwoods tourist destination provides a wide variety of northern Wisconsin recreational opportunities to meet everyone's likings all year long. For good reason, this is why Langlade County has been branded the "County of Trails."
Start planning your next adventure in Langlade County: The County of Trails!
Hiking in Langlade County
Hike to Langlade County, The County of Trails, featuring miles of hiking trails at 10 different trail systems including 50 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. View pristine scenery and abundant wildlife while hiking northern Wisconsin trails.
Ackley Wildlife Area
Ackley State Wildlife Area,
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Just west of Antigo is the Ackley Wildlife Area where hikers have great opportunities to view waterfowl, deer, and an occasional bear on non-marked trails.
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The City of Antigo has a walking trail. This two-plus-mile trail is 10-foot-wide and is constructed out of a combination of asphalt, boardwalk, and wood-chip paths along Antigo Lake and Spring Brook before meandering through forests. The trail has 420' of low-level boardwalk and 1,800 of raised boardwalk along Spring Brook waterway. There are four overlooks and two bridges constructed with funds and labor provided by Inland Lakes, City of Antigo, and Antigo Rotary Club. The Springbrook Trail is cleared during the winter, so take advantage of the paved trail to walk, run, and enjoy our community.
The trailhead is on Fourth Avenue in Antigo, east of Hwy 45. You can also access the trail off Virginia Street, north of Hwy 64/Fifth Avenue, or park behind North Elementary school. Click here to view trail amenities.
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers the eastern portion of Langlade County and offers many opportunities for hiking on its many forest roads. Forest roads are viewable on the USDA Forestry website.
The trails are 24-miles of primarily forest roads that have been widened, mowed, and maintained annually. The area is primarily aspen forests with intermixed hardwood ridges and swamps. This block of county forest is focused on creating an ideal habitat for whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and other "young forest" wildlife species. Accessible off of County Highway T, Jack Lake Firelane, Camp 23 Road, and Stevens Springs Grade.
Langlade County boasts over 50 miles of the thousand-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, divided into five segments: 9.5 miles Kettlebowl, 12 miles Lumbercamp, 12 miles Summit Moraine, 8 miles Highland Lakes and 12 miles Parrish Hills. The Kettlebowl and Highland Lakes Segments each have over 4 miles of connecting links over town roads. For more information on these Langlade County segments and user information, click here.
Looking for another option to enjoy the great outdoors? Check out the trails of the Noboken School Forest! The Noboken School Forest is a 168-acre site that is open to the public. The Unified School District of Antigo registered the property as a school forest in 1931. Noboken School Forest has several different habitat types including a tamarack swamp, a small pond, and a 27-acre lake, Noboken Lake. Noboken School Forest is located 12-miles north of Antigo off of State Hwy. 45 on County Highway J to the east (the road that goes to Jake Lake/Veterans Memorial Park). Travel 1⁄2 mile on Hwy J and turn right at the gated logging road (about 1⁄4 mile after the power lines). There is a sign at the gate that says, “Antigo School Forest Education Shelter”.
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Veteran's Memorial Park offers many miles of marked nature trails that feature a loop around an underdeveloped lake and an arboretum with over 500 plant species. The trail system connects with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
The Wolf River State Trail offers 33.4 miles of trail to hike from White Lake to Lake Metonga in Forest County along the former Wisconsin Central railroad corridor. The Wolf River State Trail is non-motorized in summer from White Lake to Lily, but please be aware that from Lily to Lake Metonga the trail is a multi-use trail. ATVers are allowed on the Wolf River State Trail from Lily to Lake Metonga. During the winter season, snowmobiles are allowed on the trail from White Lake to Lake Metonga.