Best Outdoor Adventures in Sayner-Star Lake
This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets.
1 | CANOEING, kayaking, & PADDLEBOARDING
I recommend waking up early one morning to head out on a sunrise paddle. Grab some lifejackets, a blanket if it’s cold, and a cup of coffee to sip on. Want glass-like lake conditions? Check out the weather and make sure that the predicted wind gusts are no more than 1 or 2 mph.
2 | BIKING
Next on the list for the best outdoor adventures in Sayner-Star Lake is biking. The Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System is one of the most impressive things about this area. With more than 45 miles of paved trails, it’s a great way to explore the area, giving you a taste of that classic Northwoods terrain. Stretching from Manitowish Waters all the way down to St. Germain, this trail takes you through some beautiful landscape and is perfect for any level rider.
3 | HIKING
If you’d prefer to lace up your hiking boots and adventure through the woods, Sayner-Star Lake has plenty of options! I did quite a bit of hiking while I was there and the two trails that I would recommend are the Star Lake Nature Trail and Trampers Trail.
1. Star Lake Nature Trail: This trail is located on a peninsula that juts out into Star Lake. There are two loops. The shorter loop is 1 mile long and stays on the interior of the peninsula. The longer loop is 2.5 miles long and skirts the perimeter of the peninsula, offering some beautiful lake views! Check out the trail map here.
2. Trampers Trail: This stunning hiking trail weaves through old growth forest and alongside Star Lake. There are multiple places to access Trampers Trail. I chose to access it by turning onto Hook Road which is off of Hwy N. You’ll drive about a mile down this one-lane dirt road until you hit the trailhead.
MORE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Golfing at Plum Lake Golf Course | A scenic 9-hole golf course just minutes from Sayner.
Country drives | I’m a big fan of slow country drives, especially at sunset. Luckily, pretty much any road you drive on up in Sayner-Star Lake will offer some gorgeous views. I really enjoyed driving up and down County Hwy N – a really curvy road that takes you from Sayner to Star Lake.
Best Restaurants and Shops in Sayner-Star Lake
SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
1 | Hintz's North star lodge
For dinner, I recommend the salmon and a glass of the house pinot noir.