Calling hikers and bikers. Calling runners and river paddlers. Calling skiers, calling snowshoers, calling silent sports enthusiasts of all denominations. Hundreds of miles of trails are waiting. Breathtaking natural beauty is waiting. Bubbling brooks and raging rivers, dense forests and panoramic views, snowy hilltops and scenic valleys—all are waiting on some of the longest maintained trail systems and secluded riverways in the United States.
The northern Wisconsin wilderness is calling, can you hear it?
North Country Trail
Stretching through northern Wisconsin from Michigan to Minnesota (and far beyond!), the North Country Trail offers a hiking experience truly unlike any other. Plunging through dense forest, traversing serene meadows, climbing the weathered slopes of the Penokee Mountain Range, circumventing rivers and brushing past breathtaking waterfalls, this trail offers a lengthy and challenging trek through the mostly-undeveloped wilderness of Northern Wisconsin. It passes through several National Forest areas, including the Chequamegon, the Bayfield County Forest, and the Brule River State Forest, and skirts the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Campsites can be found throughout the wilderness along the trail.
Over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through the pristine wilderness of Northern Wisconsin encompass the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association trails. This extensive system of linked trails connects the areas of Hayward, Seeley, Cable, and Namekagon in a continuous singletrack trail system unlike any other. CAMBA also hosts a wealth of events throughout the year, including the Chequamegon 100, Borah Epic, Singletrack Sunday, CAMBA Longass Ride, Moonlight Ride, and more.
This 107-mile trail system is open to skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, and offers several trailheads throughout the Cable area. Birkie offers a wide range of opportunities for all skill levels and interests, including flatter trails and those with a more intense elevation climb. Additionally, events throughout the year offer excitement for bikers, hikers, and skiers, and include Fat Bike Birkie, Birkie Trail Run & Trek, and Be Healthy Hayward, in the spring, summer, and fall, and Birkie Tour, American Birkebeiner, and Birkie Week in the wintertime.
Paddle Northern Wisconsin
While any lake, river, pond, or stream offers a unique paddling experience for kayakers, canoers, and even anglers, two particular bodies of water stand apart. The Brule River offers world-class fishing, unbeatable wildlife viewing along its miles of shores, and a breathtakingly beautiful paddling experience that includes shoreline on Lake Superior. The Namekagon River and St. Croix National Scenic Riverway provide over 200 miles of paddling through the wilderness of Northern Wisconsin and offer truly endless opportunities for exploration, fishing, and even camping and hiking.
Top Silent Sports Locations in Cable, WI
Where to Live for Ideal Silent Sporting
Location: 2 miles north of Seeley, WI
Trails: Birkie trailhead on-site for immediate access
Perks: Access to Birkie and CAMBA Trails
Landscape: 160 acres of pine, oak, and hardwood
Water: St. Croix Riverway
Location: Between Cable and Hayward
Trails: Private trail system leading to Birkie and CAMBA trails
Perks: Ski/bike in-out experience—no driving required
Landscape: Scenic oak and pine forest
Water: Part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Location: Namekagon River Valley
Trails: Adjacent to Birkie and CAMBA trails
Perks: 14 miles of private professionally-groomed trails
Landscape: Pine and aspen woods and meadows
Water: Namekagon River boat landing