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Step into a new season

The days are growing longer and warmer, and our rivers are about to roar with energy from the spring melt. It's a perfect time to take a hike and explore the natural wonders of Rusk County. The trails can be a little wet this time of year - and you may find yourself treading through some late-season snow - but the early spring river views are worth lacing up a pair of boots. Here are three of our favorite hiking spots that will take you to impressive river vistas.

Sisters' Farm Trail System

Southwest of Ladysmith, you'll find a network of scenic trails that trace the inside bend of the Flambeau River. There are nice views of the river on both the eastern and western segments of the trail - look for a trailhead with parking off of Sisters' Farm Road.

Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails

Just south of Ladysmith on State Highway 27, you'll find a gateway to a 150-acre, tranquil natural area that borders the Flambeau River. The Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails are located on the site of a former copper mine. Today the site is covered by meadows, wetlands and trees with trails that will lead you into all of this natural beauty. On the far side of the park, a short path will lead you to the edge of the Flambeau River. It's a pleasant place to take in a view of the water.

Flambeau River State Forest

In Northern Rusk County, you'll find a beautiful hardwood forest that spans more than 90,000 acres. The Flambeau River State Forest is home to the north and south branches of the Flambeau River-in all, you can find more than 75 miles of river in the park. There are some designated hiking trails in the northern reaches of the forest as well as paths that lead to launch spots along the river in the southern areas of the forest. They offer pleasant river views, including vistas of rapids, and a chance to dream about future paddling adventures.