Explore Our Bike Trails
Manitowish Waters is a growing outdoor recreation mecca with bike trails connecting communities near and far. Our bike trails are endless and ideal for all levels, from families with young children to touring groups and dedicated riders. Bikers from all over the world consider Manitowish Waters’ bike trails to be some of the best, spanning miles of pristine woods and waters.
Manitowish Waters Paved Bike Trail
The Manitowish Waters Bike Trail is a portion of the 44-mile Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System – a trail system featuring modern trailheads, access to swimming, as well as a variety of restaurants. Begin at the Manitowish Waters Community Center trailhead on U.S. Hwy. 51 and Airport Road, with a playground, restrooms, and water. From here, pedal 1.2 miles to County Hwy. W, riding past Koller Park, the downtown business district, North Lakeland Discovery Center, and Rest Lake Park. From there, the bike trail goes east as it shadows County Hwy. K, passing Serbin Park – a trailhead with parking, a restroom, and access to Rest Lake. The Rice Creek trailhead, located halfway to Boulder Junction on Newcomb Lane, offers a restroom, picnic tables, and a picturesque bridge spanning Rice Creek. It is approximately 16 miles to Boulder Junction. To the north, the Manitowish Waters Bike Trail connects to the 7-mile Mercer Bike Trail, featuring a mix of rustic roads and paved bike trails.
Parking is available at the Discovery Center, Rest Lake Park, Koller Park, downtown M.W. or at the Community Center.
Learn more about the Bike Trail or to make a donation at MWBikeTrail.org
North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails
With 12 miles of off-road, multi-use bike trails, North Lakeland Discovery Center offers beginner and intermediate riders a peaceful experience pedaling around the lake and along the Manitowish River. North Lakeland Discovery Center is located across from Rest Lake Park, just off the paved bike trail; located 1.5 miles east of the intersections of U.S. Hwy. 51 and County Hwy. W. Open to the public from dawn to dusk.
WinMan Trail System
WinMan Trails are the perfect complement to a growing biking community in Manitowish Waters. This trail system sits on 1,300 acres and has established itself as a silent sports mecca, providing some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest. With over 11 miles of trails, and more to come, these purpose-built trails feature single-track flow trails, berm turns, rock features, and freeride structures. In addition, the trails are groomed in the winter for fat biking. Miles of logging trails are accessible to customize your ride, traveling from forest to lake or from woods to town. The natural terrain of rolling topography and unique ecology makes WinMan Trails a blast to explore.
Trails are suited for beginners to experts, with varying degrees of difficulty. Donations are appreciated and friendly dogs are welcome. A heated chalet with a great room, bathrooms, changing rooms and a bike service area with tools and a pump are available. Trailhead and parking are located at the intersection of County Hwy. W & County Hwy. J. – 3 ½ miles from downtown Manitowish Waters.
Mountain bikers will find wildlife watching an added amenity to the beautiful vistas of the Little Turtle River & Flowage at MECCA Trails. From open wetlands to aspen and pine plantations, trails offer an exhilarating and peaceful encounter with nature. MECCA Trails can be accessed from two trailheads – Take Hwy. 51 to FF to Popko Circle East to Joe’s Shack Rd, or Hwy. 51 to Beachway Dr. to Mercer Lake Circle/Fierick Rd.sk.