The Rustic Roads program was created about 40 years ago and allows hikers, bikers and motorists to enjoy the less traveled, scenic backroads of Wisconsin regardless of the season. These routes help to enhance the beauty and serenity that the state has to offer. There are approximately 119 individual routes that travel through 59 counties and when added up equal about 722 miles.
It is important to point out that these routes do not connect to each other and some are quite a distance apart from each other. Also markings are limited and usually only one-way and regardless of what the website says, most of these routes don't end near a major city or road with limited GPS signals. Be sure to print out the map from the website and take with you to help navigate you along the way.
Route 111 starts in Sawyer and crosses over into Ashland County. It is located near Moose Lake off of County Road S. This is one of the longest routes, to date, that I've traveled on.
Approximately 25 miles long with both paved and gravel roads it is also the most fun to drive and has the most to see. This route also takes you through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest which has many trails for hikers and bikers be watchful for them!
Limit visibility is common on this route because of the many twists and turns along the way. It is also one of the few that are well marked to help you stay on course. The route takes you around and over Moose Lake and comes to a split. One route will bring you back to Highway 77, while the other will take you over to Ashland County and end at County Road GG. At the intersection there are signs to point you in either direction.
Either route will lead you through a few more twists, turns, with an occassional section that drops down to one lane. The Ashland route end at County Road GG, hang a left at the intersection and head back towards Highway 77 or skip the route all together and head straight back to Highway 77 by remaining in Sawyer County. Both routes are beautiful, well-marked and relaxing either way will lead to a relaxing end to the Rustic Roads Route.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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