Chequamegon National Forest


Bayfield County A to the Sandstone Ledges Spur Trail in Copper Falls State Park.

Characterized as “the land of solid forest and small lakes,” this is the oldest section of Trail within the state, as it was the U.S. Forest Service’s “Northern Country Trail” that provided the inspiration and name for the North Country National Scenic Trail. The entire stretch passes through fairly gentle terrain except near the Brunsweiler and Marengo River valleys. The Trail passes through two federally designated Wilderness Areas: Porcupine Lake Wilderness and Rainbow Lake Wilderness. Visitors are attracted to the idea of Federally Designated Wilderness Areas, making these two areas popular destinations.

Header photo by Marty Swank

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Need to Know

Filterable water is available from numerous small streams and lakes. A developed campground is adjacent to the Trail in Copper Falls State Park and there are three developed USFS campgrounds near the Trail. Throughout the rest of the Chequamegon National Forest, dispersed camping is allowed as long as it is 100 feet from the Trail or water.

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Local Chapters

Chequamegon Chapter