Explore Nature in Phelps Wisconsin!


Picture a wide open green field dotted with the bright yellow of dandelions, the soft blue of forget-me-nots, with not a person in sight. Or imagine gazing up through the thick green leaves of a timeless forest, just a scattering of sunlight finding its way through the foliage. Can you feel all the stress and pressure of everyday life beginning to float away with these thoughts? Experience the calming effects of nature for yourself this summer by hiking the Northwoods in Phelps, Wisconsin!

Great Nature Hiking in Phelps!

Fresh air, gorgeous breathtaking views, up close wildlife encounters – what’s not to love about Northwoods silent sports? Hiking is a great way to get in touch with nature, stay healthy, boost your mood, and spend quality time with your family. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening stroll down a country back road or a high endurance hike through wooded areas, you will find an abundance of natural beauty to enjoy in Phelps.

Discover the vast Chequamegon-Nicolet Forests, providing over 800 miles of trails for wilderness adventurers. Or check out the 7.6 mile trail connecting Phelps to Conover, locate off of Highway K, just outside Phelps. Looking for a kid friendly, shorter trail? Visit Spectacle Lake Campground for a 2.5 mile hike that ends on the pristine shores of Kentuck Lake. And if you are looking for even more hiking opportunities, pick up the new Vilas County Silent Sports Map from the Phelps Chamber office or contact Vilas County Tourism.

Tips for Phelps Area Hikers

DSCN8933It is important to be well-prepared for any hiking trip, even if you only plan on exploring a short distance. We recommend that hikers carry the following items:

  • Bug spray
  • Plenty of water
  • Trail snacks
  • Trail maps and compass
  • Small LED flashlight
  • Knife
  • Matches/fire starters
  • Small case of 1st aid essentials
  • Camera!

Make sure to dress appropriately – wear jeans to protect your legs from sun exposure, scrapes, and those pesky Northwoods mosquitos. A light, long sleeve top is also good protection. And remember to check for ticks!

Build Family Memories Hiking in Phelps

Hiking with kids may seem like a daunting task but the rewards of nature are worth it! Spending time in the woods, exploring the wilderness of the Northwoods can be a great educational experience for all ages. Take advantage of the opportunity and pack along field guides to help identify flowers, plants, trees, insects, or animal tracks. Your youngster will be thrilled each time he finds a plant he can name or a track he can identify!

The most important thing to remember when planning a hiking trip with youngsters is to be realistic in your expectations of distance and time. Kids don’t necessarily travel at your pace, and slowing things down allows them more time to investigate nature and spot fun things, like a painter turtle sunbathing near a creek or a unique rock for collecting. If you plan on taking along a child under the age of 2, invest in a heavy duty baby carrier that will allow both of you to enjoy the day to the fullest. No matter the age, hiking in the wilderness is an exciting and memorable experience for a kid.

It’s also the perfect activity to strengthen family bonds. With all of today’s electronics and interruptions left behind, you have the chance to get to know your kids better and share your worldly knowledge. Try a game of I Spy, see who can spot the most butterflies, or simply enjoy the stunning surroundings in silent appreciation– discover the rewarding tranquility of nature together!DSCN8125

Plan your Northwoods Hiking Adventure Today!

The Phelps Chamber would be happy to help you get on the road to nature. Give us a call to find places to stay, tips for choosing a hidden gem supper club for fantastic food, and more information on local hiking trails and silent sports in Vilas County. Check out our Member Business Directory for services and businesses in the Phelps area. Enjoy the trails!

Share your Northwoods Hiking Photos on the Phelps Chamber Facebook Page!

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