Biking & Hiking

Biking & Hiking in Ashland County

Biking Trails
For a copy of the new two-county Bicycle Map, you can either download it by clicking on the “Bicycle Map” image at right or contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce and we will be happy to mail you one. Give us a call at 715/682-2500 or send us an email at [email][/email].
Biking Tours
Join us on in June, for the Annual Superior Vistas Bike Tour.
This family-oriented event is a non-competitive, eco-friendly, multi-loop bike ride (not a race!) that takes place on low-traffic roads. Riders will enjoy cruising the gently rolling hills with gorgeous views of Lake Superior and the surrounding forest and countryside. Superior Vistas is a fully supported ride with route map, “sag wagons” (support vehicles), food/beverage rest stops and more. Some routes overlap so participants can decide to shorten or lengthen their ride as they wish. Riders can choose from loops of 13, 19, 34, 52, and 70 miles. There is also a 40-mile “out and back” tour up to Cornucopia and a century (100-mile) ride. For more details, visit the website or contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 715/682-2500.
Hiking Trails

1) Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
– Allows guests to hike the trails behind the center.
2) St. Peter’s Dome State Natural Area – 3.6mile round trip – 1565 foot granite outcrop on the western edge of the Penokee Range.  From the overlook you can see Chequamegon Bay & Apostle Islands. Morgan Falls is an untamed tributary of Morgan Creek  
3) Copper Falls State Park – At Copper Falls State Park, canyons, streams, waterfalls, a swimming beach, a picnic area with a log shelter, miles of self-guided nature trails, a family campground, plus walk-in and backpack campsites are all available for visitors. Copper Falls, located just northeast of the city of Mellen, is a 29-foot waterfall which marks the first drop of the Bad River as it flows through steep-walled gorges of rugged and awesome splendor.

Direction from Ashland: Take Hwy 13 South to Mellen than 2 miles northeast of Mellen on Hwy. 169.

4) Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest – Contains 800 of miles of hiking trails. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods.
The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties while the Nicolet side covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties.
Unplug and reconnect to the largest expanse of public lands under one ownership in northern Wisconsin, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Explore the more than 1.5 million acres of water and woodlands that provide recreation opportunities for year-round motorized trail riding, water and land-based silent sports and the solitude of rustic quiet campgrounds.