10 Ways to Bike the North


For those of us who love to travel on two wheels, we could not be more excited about the growth in the Northwoods biking scene. With some of the most stunning scenery and diverse trails in Wisconsin, the Manitowish Waters area is what biker dreams are made of. Find your favorite way to hit the trail this summer with our list of best ways to bike the North. 


One - Leisure Cruise

Hop on your cruiser or a Big Cal’s Borrow A Bike and feel the wind in your hair as you take a leisure ride through the woods. Start at Koller Park and bike to Serbin Park to enjoy the shores of Rest Lake.


Two - Need for Speed

Make sure your shoes are tied and your helmet is buckled for your ride on the single track mountain bike flow trails at WinMan Trails. Features include dirt berms, bridges, rollers, rock walls, a jump line and more. Built for riders of all ages and abilities, you're guaranteed a smile on your face the entire time. Make sure to stop by the new chalet to regroup and mingle with other bikers.


Three - Go the Distance

For those of you who like to get off the paths and hit the road for some road biking; there is not a more beautiful place than northern Wisconsin. Head north of Manitowish Waters towards Winchester, before turning east to follow scenic Highway J into Mercer. From Mercer, find your speed as you pedal Highway 51 and Highway 47, before returning to your home base on scenic Powell Marsh Road. Find route map here.   


Four - Big Tires, Big Fun

Fat tire biking makes your ride a little smoother and is growing in popularity during all seasons of the year. Hit WinMan Trails in the summer to ride over rocks and roots with confidence, or join them in the winter on their groomed fat tire trails.


Five - Tour de North

The Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail has over 50 miles of paved trails. Take advantage of every mile and spend the day sightseeing the North - Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, Sayner/Star-Lake, St. Germain. Want to make a weekend of it? There are great places to stay and eat in each town.


Six - Culinary Cruise

Take the traveling dinner trend to a new level by exploring Manitowish Waters restaurants by bike. Start at Angler’s for their deep fried green beans and a pint of beer; bike to the next stop, Aurora Borealis Restaurant, for their watermelon salad and a glass of Rosé; then move your cycle across the street to Parkside Tavern for their pan-fried Canadian walleye. End the night with a cocktail at The Pea Patch (make sure you have a designated driver to take you home).


Seven - Training Wheels

If you have small ones in tow, make a point to end your ride at the North Lakeland School to play on the playground. The miles of bike path near the school are primarily in the woods and have a buffer from the highway, so you can enjoy the family experience without the worry.


Eight - Lake View

Take in some of the most iconic lake views on the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes from your bike. Park at the Manitowish Waters Community Center and bike through town, over the lakeview bridges along Highway W + Highway K and end at Serbin Park to take in the view of Rest Lake. If you bring a change of clothes, Serbin Park is a great swimming hole!


Nine - Early Morning Ritual

Biking in the morning is invigorating - it helps you wake up, boosts energy and the soft light is good for the soul. Take a ride into Manitowish Waters (from wherever you are) for coffee on the porch at Dixie’s Coffee House. Grab the morning paper or the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce Activities Guide to plan the rest of your day.


Ten - A Little Bit of Romance

Is there anything more romantic than the thought of riding off into the sunset with that special someone? Pack a bottle of wine at The Wine and Beer Barn, Park at Rest Lake Park, and head to Serbin Park to watch the sun fall behind the trees.


Where can I find a bike if I don’t have one?

Coontail Sports
Comfort Bikes for Cruising, Mountain Bikes, Fat Tire Bikes, Youth Bikes, and Tagalongs for Kids 

Chequamegon Adventure Sports
Comfort Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Fat Tire Bikes, Road Bikes

Cal's Borrow A Bike
An honor system borrow a bike program


Bike Trail Maps

Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail

WinMan Trails

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