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.
The following route took place in Washburn County located in the Northern part of Wisconsin. There are a total of four Rustic Road Routes, one is located in Washburn and the other three are in Sawyer. Like any other Rustic Road Route, signage is limited and sometimes non-existent, however, once on the route the views are quite amazing.
Route 71 is the first and only route in Washburn, County.
It is located outside the town of Stone Lake and the route takes you around and over part of Stone Lake itself. The route is completely paved and is approximately two miles long. The road twists and turns with thick trees that allow for views of the lake.
Cross over a small bridge and immediately after is a pull-off for a vehicle. Here is where you can step out and walk down to the water. There is also small path that will take you even further into the woods and around the lake.
Continue on and enjoy more views of the lake and trees.
This year Fall hasn't been impressive for leave colors in Wisconsin, however, there were a few spots that still offered a nice view. Hopefully, next year will bring brighter colors as this is definitely a route that would be nice to explore when in full Fall colors.
The route ends just outside of Stone Lake, next to Little Stone Lake.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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