Presque Isle offers a fantastic variety of wilderness trails for mountain bikers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.
Presque Isle/Pomeroy/Henry Lake Bike Trail
Bicyclists will find the Presque Isle Trail system provides an exceptional variety of riding experiences. Located along the Wisconsin-Michigan border, this trail system runs over 100 miles into Michigan through some of the most beautiful lake country in the Midwest. Parking is available at the Presque Isle Community Building.
Presque Isle/Winchester Bike Route
This paved route starts at the Presque Isle Community Center where you can park in the parking lot, visit the library, gardens, Shanty Boy Cemetery, and other trails including the Presque Isle Nature Trail. Follow Main Street to the intersection of County Roads B & W. On County Road W follow the bike trail crossings and signs on the pavement. Enjoy a loop around the South Pond of Pipke Park. Follow quiet roads through the woods and bike lanes on the side of the county highway. One 4.25 mile trail route ends at Wilderness Park and Presque Isle Lake, a great picnic area to enjoy. Another 10.5 mile trail route continues along Old Highway W and ends at the Birch Lake boat landing in Winchester.
WinMan Trails - Hiking/Biking
This 1,300-acre mix of public and private property is a silent sports mecca - with development and growth still in the works. The site features one of the region's only purpose built single-track mountain biking (MTB) trails. Trails are being designed and built as a Midwest destination site - top notch - and to international standards. Currently there are about 5 miles of MTB with more to come. Hikers and trail bikers are welcome with 5+ miles of each available. The rolling topography and unique ecology make this a blast to recreate in and enjoy nature, and the site has proven attractive to wildlife with unique sightings such as moose and badger. Donations for maintenance and further development are welcome and more information including regularly updated maps can be found on the WinMan website and on Facebook.
Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area
This 2,189-acre nature preserve includes 15 lakes and ponds with 36,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline. Donated by the Catherine Wolter family, longtime residents of Presque Isle, the wilderness area is an undisturbed gem in the heart of Presque Isle and will allow the enjoyment of nature in its most pristine state for years to come. It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, bird-watching and other low impact recreational activities.
North Lakeland Discovery Center
Learning Adventures to Enrich and Inspire!
The Discovery Center is a destination and resource for lifelong learning and outdoor recreation. Our active and engaging site within the NHAL State Forest enables us to provide creative and cutting edge programs for a diverse audience. We empower all in mindful stewardship based on a strong nature ethic and are dedicated to providing meaningful connections among nature, people, and community through quality programs and adventures for a lifetime of learning. Scheduled programs, drop in hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, geocaching and more.
Van Vliet Hemlocks
This recently developed trail system gives visitors the opportunity to explore and experience what was once abundant in Wisconsin; an old growth hemlock forest. The site’s 400 acres and mile and a half of undeveloped shoreline on Van Vliet Lake represent a rare remnant of this uniquely historic forest system. Walk along undisturbed cedar swamps, bog lakes, climb scenic eskers, and take in the richness of the plant and animal life that abounds in this special place. The Wisconsin DNR has added Van Vliet Hemlocks to the state natural area program. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/naturalareas/
Guido Rahr, Sr. Tenderfoot Forest Reserve
At this 971-acre preserve, you can hike through 500 acres of old-growth forest and explore nearly four miles of undeveloped shoreline on the pristine waters of Tenderfoot, Roach, and Mirror lakes. Access to this Reserve is by water from Palmer Lake Boat Landing.
Northern Highland State Forest
Established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers, the Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 232,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The forest provides employment and economic support to rural and urban communities through the production of forest products, recreation and tourism.
Ottawa National Forest
The almost one million acres of the Ottawa National Forest are located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The forest extends from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. The area is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities; breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls; and spectacular fall colors. But you have to see it to believe it--come visit the Ottawa!