Hiking & Snowshoeing
Because hiking can be an all-year-long hobby, there are endless possibilities in our area for this sport.
You can choose from every level of difficulty, whether it’s a short, casual walk around town or some challenging hills in a town forest or county park. Right across the road from the half-mile gravel Library Nature Trail is the wooded, eight-mile Hospital Trail system. In addition to the fifty miles of hiking trails within five miles of Hayward, the neighboring Chequamegon National Forest offers 850,000 acres to explore and many miles of trails to hike. Beyond that, it’s a short jaunt to the North Country Scenic Trail or the rugged Superior Hiking Trail.
Our area is loaded with rolling hills, gorgeous woods, and pristine lakes, rivers, and streams. Check out the trails described on this page, view some of them in the hiking brochure you see here, or just stop in the Visitor Center and talk to us about finding the right hike for you!
The soft sound of your snowshoes packing the snow is about all you can hear as you make your way through the woods in the deep snow of our long northwestern Wisconsin winters. We hope you enjoy your snowshoeing experience here in northwest Wisconsin and come back often to explore other parts of the region.
- For other snowshoeing trails visit www.norwiski.com
- Snowshoe Rentals at New Moon Ski Rental and Cable Natural History Museum
HASTA Hospital Ski Trail
Length: Approximately 4 miles of single-track snowshoe trail, starting at the gravel parking lot on Hospital Road. Parking, Dogs allowed on snowshoe trail. Snowshoe trails are marked with colored tape on trees. No fee or pass required.
Hatchery Creek Park
Length: 3 miles. Trail type: Intermediate. The trails are lit from dusk to 10 pm. No fee or pass required. Trail does connect to the Birkie Trail where a fee is required.
Town of Hayward Recreational Forest Trail
Length: 4 miles of winding trails for snowshoeing and skiing with a couple hills, scenic, small lake; dogs are allowed. Easy to Moderate. No Fee or pass required.