With nearly 150,000 acres of county forest land, nearly a thousand lakes, and the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park, Washburn County is a premier outdoor recreation destination. When we asked what was the “Best of the Outdoors”, we knew we’d get a lot of votes. Folks around here are passionate about their favorite places. Before you head out to explore, be sure to check out these three outdoor adventures:

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary – This 600 acre nature sanctuary offers seven miles of scenic hiking trails and some of the most beautiful views in Washburn County. This is a super family-friendly spot with a natures playscape for kids and even a Discovery Trail where you’ll find hidden objects throughout the trail – and the theme changes out every month! Throughout the year, Hunt Hill offers a variety of educational programming and events including their ever-popular Cakes at the Lake and Birds & Beer series.

Namekagon River Adventures – The Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park, is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. A stop in to the Namekagon River Visitor Center gives the opportunity to learn about this amazing national treasure. The Namekagon offers Class I-II rapids and is well marked for beginning paddlers. On a beautiful summer day, it’s the perfect spot to grab a tube for a leisurely float down the river. With approximately 45 of the nearly 100 miles of riverway located in Washburn County, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get on the water. The area river outfitters will help you get on the river and answer any questions you may have.

Washburn County ATV Trails – In the top spot for the Best of WashCo: Best of the Outdoors are Washburn County’s ATV Trails. Roughly 100 miles of trails traverse Washburn County’s beautiful north woods. Home of the ATV Scenic Tour, highlighting nearly 40 points of interest along the trail, Washburn County offers some of the most scenic trails in the state. Rentals are available for anyone who doesn’t have their own ATV or UTV. Grab a map, the ATV Scenic Tour brochure, and have fun exploring!

Offering such different experiences, these three outdoor destinations are true Wisconsin hidden gems. To check out more outdoor adventures or to gear up, visit: https://www.washburncounty.org/outdoor-activities/