Top 5 Hidden Gems in the Rhinelander Area | Holmboe Nature Preserve Rhinelander

Top 5 Hidden Gems in the Rhinelander Area

Check out some of these favorite treasured locations that you may not know about! From scenic trails to one-of-a-kind experiences, you don’t want to miss these 5 unique stops while in Rhinelander.

1. Holmboe Conifer Forest

Located just minutes from downtown Rhinelander, this state natural area is home to old-growth conifers and lush greenery.  This is the perfect spot for a short, secluded walk in town with less than 1 mile of trail- but the scenery won’t disappoint!  Explore the trail with views of the Pelican River, picturesque boardwalks, and areas filled with abundant moss and ferns.  In the winter, go snowshoeing or enjoy a peaceful winter walk through the woods.  You can find the Holmboe Nature Preserve at the south end of the Riverview Hall parking lot, located off of Boyce Drive.

2. Almon County Park

This quiet County Park is home to a swimming beach and picnic area, nature trails, and an 18-hole disc golf course.  This park is located about 5 miles south of Rhinelander off of Highway G on Buck Lake, a quiet 60-acre lake.  The nature trails include a bog with a boardwalk, scenic lakeside trails, and old hardwood trees. Enjoy recreational fun all year round here!

3.  The Riverwalk

Go on a scenic walk along the Pelican River.  The Riverwalk boardwalk can be accessed from the end of the Chamber of Commerce parking lot.  Begin your walk on the paved path and take the footpath on your right side, which will lead to the boardwalk.  The boardwalk is approximately 150 yards long with a bench and overlook at the end, which is great for fishing or a quiet lunch.  Or, continue on the paved path which will connect with sidewalks that cross over the Davenport Street bridge and lead to the downtown area.

4. Oneida County Courthouse

Often overlooked but full of history, the Courthouse includes a magnificent tiffany-style glass dome and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Take the self-guided walking tour to learn about the building’s history and see the glass dome from the inside. Take in the unique architecture and be sure to check out the murals on the third floor!

5. Nicolet College Loop & Dr Richard Nelson Recreation Trails

Visit the beautiful Nicolet College campus located on the shores of Lake Julia and explore the trails and scenic loop around campus.  There are two multi-purpose recreation trails which are open year-round and offer varying levels of difficulty.  Explore the wooded areas or enjoy the lakeside views!


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