Superior is Fun in the Woods

Experience the great outdoors in Superior and Douglas County!

No matter what outdoor activity you’re into, we’ve got it. Looking for a wondrous woodland hike right in Superior? Check out the third-largest municipal forest in the country! Want to play a round of golf? You won’t have to take a mulligan because we have SIX spectacular courses in the area!

Don’t forget your wheels, because we’ve got miles and miles of paved and unpaved trails to get your heart rate up! There is just so much to explore in Superior, Wisconsin.

Douglas County is home to some of the most pristine golf courses in Wisconsin! Whether you’re looking for a serious or casual round, you can count on having a good time. The Nemadji Golf Course in the heart of Superior has 36 holes for your enjoyment and is a 4-star Golf Digest-rated, championship golf facility. For something more casual, check out Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf located right on Lake Superior!

A rapidly growing variation of the sport is disc golf, AKA frisbee golf or frolf. Much like regular golf, the idea is to get a frisbee into a basket further down the course. The Superior Municipal Forest has an incredibly fun and challenging course full of tall trees and breathtaking views! There’s also a smaller, 6-hole course in Central Park.

Other golfing opportunities include:

No matter your mode of transportation, Superior and Douglas County have trails to get you out enjoying nature. And, unlike your mom, we don’t care if you get your clothes dirty.

Walking and Hiking

You know the song that goes, “I would walk 500 miles…”? Yeah, they were probably talking about the hiking trails of Douglas County. There are so many trails to enjoy for whatever adventure you’re looking for! Wanna see some gorgeous waterfalls? Check out Pattison State Park. Want to stay close to Superior? Hike the trails of the Superior Municipal Forest located right in the city!

Other hiking trails include:

Wisconsin Point is a well-known area to watch migratory birds! Check it out on your next visit.


Whether you’re looking for a nice family bike ride on some pavement or a shred session on some rowdy mountain bike singletrack, Superior can accommodate anything on two wheels.

Paved Trails

  • Osaugie Trail – If you’re looking for views of the water, this is the trail for you! With five miles of smooth blacktop, this is a must-bike destination for the whole family.
  • Millennium Trail – While this paved trail is a bit shorter, it offers access to the Superior Municipal Forest with gorgeous views of massive pines!

Unpaved Trails

  • Mont du Lac – Thrilling descents, bermed corners and leg-burning climbs make Mont du Lac one of the best mountain bike locations in the area! Plus, find stunning views of Jay Cooke State Park.
  • Wild River Trails – This multi-use trail stretches 104 miles all across Douglas, Washburn and Barron counties. Looking for your next bike-packing adventure? This is your trail!


There are over 100 miles of maintained summer ATV trails in Douglas County, all with connections into Superior! Check out the map to see how to access these adrenaline-pumping trails.

  • Gandy Dancer State Trail – Built on an old railroad corridor, the name comes from the railroad workers who used tools from the Gandy Tool Company of Chicago and would work together harmoniously. From there “Gandy Dancer” was born. The trail starts in Minnesota before making its way to Wisconsin where it connects with the Saunders State Trail just south of Superior.
  • Saunders State Trail – As mentioned above, this trail links with the Gandy Dancer just south of Superior. County-operated and roughly eight miles long, this beautiful trail will get the whole family out there shredding some dirt.
  • Wild Rivers State Trail – Hey, this one looks familiar (see bike trails above). This 104-mile multi-use trail is great for ATVs as well. Cruise through scenic stretches of Douglas County with your favorite crew.

Picnics in the Parks

Grab your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because there’s no better spot for a picnic than Superior! Bring the kids, Grandma and the dog on an afternoon adventure to one of the many city parks.

  • Billings Park – Conveniently located in the heart of Superior, it’s the perfect place for a family lunch. Find pavilions, picnic tables, playgrounds, trails and restrooms in this community park. 
  • Superior Municipal Forest – Officially the third-largest municipal forest in the United States, this 4,400 acre park has trails for hiking and white pines for picnicking under. 
  • Wisconsin Point – Wisconsin Point never disappoints! Perfect for romantic walks, family beach days or ship watching.

Does Fido need a place to run? Check out the Superior Dog Park!

Eat, Stay and Play!

After a long, fun day in the woods, food is gonna be the only thing on your mind. Luckily, Superior is home to tons of fabulous eateries ready to feed your whole crew! Some options include:

An evening shot of downtown Superior as the sun is setting.

Catch some ZZZ’s

Now that you’re full, ready to kick off your hiking boots and relax? Whether a tent or RVhotel or motel, Superior’s got your perfect stay.

Take your pick:

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