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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Your adventure begins here!

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Open 7 Days a Week (except some holidays)
At the top of Wisconsin,
on the shores of Lake Superior
29270 County Highway G
Ashland, WI 54806

Hiking Trails

Hike the Center's Interpretive Nature Trails

Enjoy seasonal changes in the flora and fauna along the trail.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the northwoods wetlands on our ¾-mile interpretive boardwalk trail that winds along a black ash swamp, sedge meadow, and mature cedar and tamarack swamp.

A trail loop encircles the Nature's Discovery Area, where children explore nature’s secrets: crawling inside a beaver lodge, finding animal tracks, building sandcastles, creating masterpieces with wood, and catching butterflies and dragonflies.

  • Map showing loops of the trail.
  • Center Trail and Nature's Discovery Area
  • Children's Forest Boardwalk Trail
  • Clues along the Trail

    Interpretive signs engage visitors to connect with the region's heritage.

    Children's Forest Trail
  • The trails are popular for field trips

    Nearby trails make the Center an excellent site for outdoor group activities.

    The trails accommodate group outdoor activities.
  • Accessible Trail

    The loops include level boardwalk and graveled surfaces.

    Parts of the trail are wheel chair accessible.
  • Connecting People to the Land

    Engaging trail work opportunities connect people to our natural resources.

    Girl Scouts help with tree planting at the trail head.
  • Popular in every season!

    Get exercise and see seasonal changes throughout the year.

    Hikers enjoy seasonal flora and fauna changes along the trail.
  • Snowshoe Center trails in the winter

    Snowshoes for use on Center trails are provided free-of-charge.

    Snowshoes are available in kid sizes, too.