Biking Grows in Popularity
5:12 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Boulder Junction Awaits Bike Trail Connection

Boulder Junction is hoping to rally enthusiasm for its growing bike trail system this summer.

Boulder Junction offers 29 miles of paved bike trails, and soon will connect to another trail in Manitowish Waters.
Credit Pete Rondello

Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith says the original Boulder Junction trail was built in 1994 and has been expanding ever since.  Right now there are 29 miles of paved trail connecting Boulder Junction with Sayner and St. Germaine.  And she says there’s more to come.

“As we speak, there is construction going to connect boulder junction west with Manitowish Waters.  And so once that portion is completed, between Boulder and Manitowish Waters, we’ll have over 40 miles of paved bike trail.” 

Smith says more and more cyclists are stopping at the Chamber for maps and directions.  Last year on Memorial Day the Chamber counted 200 cyclists out on the trails. 

“This year, on a count on the same day, we did see an increase of users on the trail.  I think we were up to 230, so it wasn’t a huge jump but it was a jump, and part of that is due to the promotion of silent sports, not only in Boulder Junction but throughout the county.” 

Smith says a new silent sports trail map of Vilas County trails should boost participation as well. 

There will be a dedication event for the new trail connection with Manitowish Waters on July 2nd at Wayside Park in Manitowish Waters.