Because hiking can be an all-yearlong hobby; there are endless possibilities in our area for this sport.
You can pick and choose from every level of opportunity whether it's a casual walk or a challenging hill in a forest. It is there for you to reach your goals. The neighboring Chequamegon National Forest offers 850,000 acres to explore and many miles of Trails to hike.

This special place in the northern woodlands of Wisconsin affords a genuine opportunity to enjoy the wild and scenic wonders of its diverse landscapes. Characterized by gently rolling terrain, this sparsely populated rural region offers a unique opportunity to 'get away from it all.' Its tradition of low visitor use invites a feeling of seclusion; a place to escape from the congested metropolitan cities of the midwest, to rest, reflect, and revive weary spirits. The Chequamegon leaves an impression of tranquillity and inner peace. View list of trails below for your hiking and snowshoeing escapades.

American Birkebeiner Trail

Trail Options: Point to point Birkie trail from Cable to Hayward, 42km. Point to point Birkie Classic Trail from Cable to Cty. OO, 27km. Numerous loop options between Cty. OO and the North End Cabin Trail Head.

Fees: $10.00 daily/$50.00 annual per vehicle. $50.00 daily per bus – Fish Hatchery Park, Mosquito Brook, County Road OO, and North End Cabin trail heads.

Facilities: Trail Heads: Fish Hatchery Park - parking, pit toilet, warming building, food/lodging and ski shop nearby; Mosquito Brook - parking, pit toilet; OO - parking, pit toilet, warming building, water, food and ski shop nearby, OO south 5km of lighted loops; North End Cabin- parking, pit toilet, warming building, food and lodging nearby.

Directions: Fish Hatchery Park: USH 63 one mile north of Hayward to USH 77, east on 77 for 3 miles to Fish Hatchery Rd., turn left and go 1 mile to Trail head; Mosquito Brook: From Hayward, take USH 63 north 2.9 miles to Phipps Rd., turn right/east, go 1.7 miles to Phipps Firelane at Phipps Tavern. Turn right/east, go 0.4 miles to Mosquito Brook Rd. Turn right/south, go 0.8 miles to the Trail head; OO: USH 63 10 miles north to Cty. OO, turn right/east and drive 3.5 miles to Trail head; North End Cabin: From Hayward take USH 63 north for 17 miles to Cable. From Cable take Cty. Hwy. M east 0.2 miles to Randysek Rd., turn right/south and follow Randysek Rd. 2 miles to Trail head.

For more information please call 715-634-5025 or visit

Green Lake - Little Sissabagama Trail

This map details the Green Lake-Little Siss Trail system. This is a non-motorized cross country ski, show shoe and hiking trail. There are two trail heads for your convenience along this 2.5 mile trail through picturesque Sawyer County forest. Parking is available at the Green Lake trail head. trail map

Hatchery Park Trail

Trail Options: .4km, 1.15km, 1.9km loops groomed for skating and classical. Trails connect to American Birkebeiner Ski Trail.

Fees: $10.00 daily/$50.00 annual per vehicle. $50.00 daily per bus.

Facilities: Parking, warming building, water, restroom. Food, lodging, ski shop nearby in Hayward. All trails are lit from dusk to 10pm.

Directions: USH 63 north from Hayward to Hwy. 77. Turn right/east on Hwy. 77 for 4 miles then turn left/north on Hatchery Road. Parking is in the lot at the top of the hill or at another lot near the pavilion.

Henks Park Bass Lake Trail

Trail Options: .25, .45, .43, .35, .75, .36 and .27 

Fees: n/a

Facilities: Parking, privy, gazebo

Directions: From Hayward South on HWY 27.  5 miles turn right on Henk Road.

Park Hours:  7am - 9 pm

Park rules:  Park will be closed to everyone except deer hunters during the 9 day deer season and any special firearms deer season.

  • Tree stands fir hunting must be removed daily
  • all state and federal hunting laws will be followed
  • No trapping
  • No damage to property, trees and vegetation
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol
  • No littering
  • No horses
  • No camping
  • No fires
  • No overnight parking
  • No motorized vehicles except maintenance and emergency vehicles
  • Snowmobiles are allowed during the winter season on designated snowmobile trails.
HASTA Hospital Trail

Trail Options: 2km loop, 3km loop - Easy, Lake Loop to an overall distance of nearly 7 miles.

Fees: Donations accepted.

Facilities: Parking. Food, lodging, ski shop nearby in Hayward.

Directions: From Hayward follow USH 63 north to the intersection with Hwy. 27/77. Turn left/west. Turn right onto Hospital Road, at about 1/2 mile there will be a gravel parking area to the north with access to the southern trail loops.  You may continue to Olson Road and then left, parking along the road near the trail gate for closer access to the eastern/northern trail loops that are hillier.

Library Nature Park

Located behind the Weiss Community Library at 10788 State Road 27/77. This 1/2 mile walking trail takes you through forest and wetland. The terrain is flat and the path itself has a gravel base. Benches are placed along the trail to take a moment to sit and listen tot he birds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Kiosks along the trail provide information about the things you will see. An observation pier extends into a pond and wetland to allow up close viewing. From this trail you can connect to the City of Hayward Pedestrian Trail or the Hospital Ski Trails.

City of Hayward Pedestrian Trail

This paved trail is open to all non-motorized forms of travel including walking, biking, jogging, roller-blades and skateboarding. Length one way: 6.6 miles. The path is flat to slightly sloped, is separated from traffic and has safety signals at road crossings.  Parking at Hayward Wesleyan Church, Walmart, Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward High School and the Sevewinds Casino. Click here to order a map.

Mukwonago Trail

Trail Options: Loops of 2.3, 4.4, 7.5 and 13.6km. Groomed for skating and classical.

Fees: $3.00 daily/ $10.00 annual parking fee.

Facilities: Parking, pit toilet.

Directions: From Hayward drive 18.5 miles east on Hwy. 77. From Cable take Hwy. 63 south to Co. Hwy. OO in Seeley and follow OO to Hwy.77. Turn left/east on 77 for another 7 miles.

For more information call 715-634-4821

North End Trails (Cable)

Trail Options: One 10km loop with two shorter cutoffs. Skating and classical. New classic only Trail. Degree of difficulty: intermediate.

Fees: $10.00 daily/$50.00 annual per vehicle. $50.00 daily per bus. In addition, passes are good for the Birkie and Birkie Classic Trails at all Birkie Trail Heads – Fish Hatchery Park, Mosquito Brook, and Cty. OO Trail heads.

Facilities: Parking, toilet, warming cabin. Food, lodging nearby. Trails connect to American Birkebeiner Trail and Telemark Resort. Three snowshoe Trails begin at same Trail head.

Directions: Take County Hwy. M east from Cable. Go 2 blocks and turn right on Randysek Rd. Go 2 miles south to North End Trail Head.

For more information call 715-798-3599

Rock Lake Trail

Facilities: Bathroom available, no water.

Directions: From Hayward, go N on 63 to Cable. Take a right on M, and the Trailhead is about 8 miles E. of Cable, on your right. Look for the brown sign saying “Rock Lake Trail”. Rock Lake contains beautiful Trails in the area. Hilly, through mixed woods and around clear, spring-fed lakes. Bathroom available, no water.

Seeley Hills Trails

Fees: No fees, donations are accepted.

Facilities: warming building, water, restroom, and parking. All trails are lighted from dusk until 10 p.m.

Directions: Follow US HWY 63 to Seeley (10 miles N of Hayward). Turn east on County Hwy OO. Go ½ mile to Old OO. Turn right and continue 1.5 miles to parking lot on the right.

For more information contact 715-634-8685

Town of Hayward Recreational Forest Trail

Hours: Forest opens at 5:00 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Forest will be closed to everyone except deer hunters during the 9-day deer hunting season and any special firearms deer season.

Facilities: No bathrooms or water.

Directions: From the north end of Greenwood Lane, go west on County Hill Road, two miles. The entrance to the park will be on your left, just past the gravel pit. About four miles of winding Trails, a couple small hills. Scenic, mixed woods, a lake, abundant wildlife.

Policies: No smoking, no alcohol, no littering. No horses, no damage to trees and vegetation, no overnight tree stands for hunting, no damage to property, no camping, gravel pit is off limits and no motorized vehicles.

Call 1-800-724-2992 to Request Hayward Area Hiking Maps