Secrets of the Northwoods: A Guide to Superior and Douglas County’s Hidden Gems

Manitou Falls in Superior, WI

You won’t have to sail the seven seas to find this treasure!

You may think you know Superior and Douglas County – but do you really? You’ve probably heard of Wisconsin Point or The Anchor Bar, but that’s just the beginning.

Here it is folks, your bonafide hidden gems and secret spots list. Drum roll please…

Amnicon Falls flowing with trees and rocks in the foreground.

Shhhhhh! These super secret outdoor spots are perfect for your next hiking adventure, bike ride or picnic with the family.

Pattison State Park
Discover breathtaking pines and miles of hiking and skiing trails in this 1,400-acre park. The main feature, however, is Big Manitou Falls. This majestic waterfall is the highest in Wisconsin and the fourth tallest east of the Rockies! 

Amnicon and Brule River Beaches
The locals are gonna be upset we’re letting you in on this one. If you’re looking to ditch the crowds, check out the beaches at the mouths of the Amnicon and Brule Rivers. These are perfect for a stroll with the pup or a romantic picnic. Click below for a map of all the beaches in Douglas County!

Two kayakers in a tandem kayak paddling on calm water with lush trees and a blue sky.

Rent a kayak or canoe and get on the water!

The St. Croix Watershed
Starting in the southern portion of Douglas County, this watershed covers around 7,800 square miles. It consists of all the rivers and creeks that lead into the St. Croix River and, eventually, the mighty Mississippi.

Superior Municipal Forest Mountain Bike Trails
In 2020, a student at Superior High School decided to construct some mountain bike trails for his senior project. After working with the City of Superior and numerous volunteers, the first segment of the trail was opened in the Superior Municipal Forest! While the segment isn’t long yet, plans are in the works to extend it with the help of the Cyclists of the Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) bike club.

Eat like a local in Superior and Douglas County! While you can’t go wrong with any dining option in the area, these are spots you won’t want to miss.

Dreamland Supper Club
Located just six miles east of Superior, this supper club has been around for over 100 years. It has been known as the place to go for fine dining at an affordable price!

Shamrock Pizza
With incredible flavor at a price that won’t break the bank, this joint is a must-stop destination for pizza enthusiasts! Try Ken’s Special if you’re a fan of alllllll the meats!

Sweeden Sweets
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from this local candy shop! Full of homemade chocolate, fudge and candy, Sweeden Sweets is conveniently located on Tower Avenue in the heart of Superior.

Antiques? Knickknacks? Doodads? Check! Check! And Check! Superior has small, family-owned shops full of treasures for just about anyone.

This Old Bunkhouse
Full of home goods, decor and clothing, this spot is perfect for those looking for cozy items at an affordable price! Located just off Highway 2 in Iron River, it is definitely worth a trip.

Oulu Glass Gallery
Prepare to be amazed by some incredibly talented glass blowers located just outside the Twin Ports! Browse their impressive gallery of multi-colored glass art and maybe even take a class!

Allouez Antiques
Ever-changing and always interesting, Allouez Antiques sits right in the middle of Superior. You never know what you’re gonna find in this one-of-a-kind shop, but that’s what makes it great!

Can’t get enough of Superior’s treasures? Check out the Antiques on Belknap!

With affordable rates and friendly service, these lodging options are gonna make you wonder why you didn’t visit sooner!

McNeil’s on the Brule
This beautiful homestead is located right on the Brule River and is just minutes from Lake Superior. A four-bedroom house sits on this beautiful plot of land and is fully furnished and stocked with all the appliances you need to have a great weekend in the secluded Wisconsin Northwoods!

The Androy Hotel
A complete 180-degree turn from McNeil’s, this hotel is for anyone who wants to stay in the hustle and bustle of Superior. Built in 1925, this spot offers renovated, modern rooms with a classic style that’ll bring you back to the roarin’ 20s!

Deer Grove Resort
With three cabins on Upper Eau Claire Lake in Barnes, Wisconsin, this resort is perfect for the whole family! If you’re looking to get away from the go go go of life, be sure to check out this peaceful spot.

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