This hike covers 12.0 miles, but because it’s a joint biking and hiking trail, it’s paved along its entire length and the traveling is pretty easy. There’s a lot to see here, too, especially if you enjoy birds. The trail stays close enough to the lake that if you’re inclined to try fishing, you can tote a rod and get in a few casts without venturing too far off track.
It comprises 2,856 acres, but most of that—1,860 acres—lies under the surface of Lake Wilhelm, a popular fishery for largemouth bass, muskies, walleyes, and panfish. As a result, the park is narrow; in places, anyone with a strong arm could stand on the lakeshore and toss a baseball to its outermost boundary. Yet two trails, connected by short walks along two roads, combine to encircle the lake and provide a pleasant 12.0-mile hike.
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