A Ride Through the Trails of Sawyer County
By: Amy Walter
Summer in Hayward, Wisconsin, what better place to spend your vacation? Being born and raised here I may be a little biased but there’s such an array of things to do and see. From the fantastic weather, the fishing, the lakes, the bike trails, and my new experience the great ATV trails.
This past Sunday myself along with my co-worker Cindy from the Hayward Information Center were fortunate enough to go for a two hour tour of the ATV trails via side x side. It was a first for both of us and honestly I was a little nervous at first but once we got going I loved it! The weather could not have been better and it was so nice to slow down for a change and really appreciate the beauty of the Northwoods, we even saw some wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a nice joy ride to appreciate the outdoors or a more challenging ride you can find it all on these trails.
We started at Hayward Power Sports with our tour guide Don Mrotek, who is the Sawyer County trail coordinator. We were also joined by the President of the North Country ATV Riders, Gene Richardson and his wife Michelle. Since Cindy and I did not want to get dirty Gene was kind enough to give us a show through the mud and water. They were all such a wealth of knowledge on the trails, you could really tell how passionate they are about it.
I learned how to read the maps and trail signs and that some of the trails were used before the troops were deployed to Desert Storm and the original blocks are still there today. The history alone was so cool and to see how well preserved and cared for it still is after all these years was incredible. Another thing I didn’t know was that the American Birkebeiner trail crosses the ATV trail and that the CAMBA trails are within the trail as well.
If you’re planning a trip to Hayward or looking for somewhere new to ride this is it! The trails are well taken care of and offer something for every level of rider. Whether you bring your own rig or are looking to rent something we can help you! Stop in and see us and ask us about our ride! Also a big thank you to Hayward Power Sports for letting us use one of your side x sides, we definitely enjoyed our ride!