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More than eleven miles of maintained hiking trails await you on Oak Island.

Loop Trail extends 5.1 miles along a horseshoe-shaped path that begins at the dock, loops north through the center of the island, then turns south to the sand spit. Walk over the highest point in the Lakeshore (1,081 feet), along ancient beach lines, and past the site of the old Indian "sugar camp" distinguished by large sugar maple trees.

The Northwest Beach Trail explores1.6 miles along a loop trail 1.2 miles north of the dock. Hike through the northern hardwood forest to a quarter mile of secluded beach and two small campsites.

Overlook Trail begins 1.6 miles from the dock, departing the loop trail near the highest point on the island and leading to an overlook 200 feet above the lake. From here, hikers can identify ten islands, as well as "hole in the wall" - a sea arch on Oak Island's shore.

North Bay Trail meanders 1.0 mile down a steep ravine to a sandy beach, spring-fed stream and campsite. This trail branches off the Overlook Trail 2.7 miles north of the dock.

Sandspit Trail takes hikers 1.5 miles through ravines and along the shoreline to the beach at the sand spit. This area is also the site of the first logging camp on the island. One individual and one group campsite, an outhouse and an artesian well are located in this area.

Directions: From Bayfield, WI, Excursion boats and private watercraft provide access to Apostle Islands. Apostle Islands Cruise Service, 1-800-323-7619.

Elevation: 1,081 feet

Distance: 11 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

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