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The Star Lake Nature Trail is a moderately hilly trail that is slightly over one mile in length. This historical trail winds its way through what was in the early 1900s a pasture for horses hauling logs from the surrounding woods to the Star Lake Mill. The horses and mill are long since gone and the trees have grown back. This trail is also the site of the first tree plantings in the State of Wisconsin designed to help the forest regenerate. The Red Pine Plantation research plot trees that are still on this site were planted as two-year old seedlings in 1913 from seed stock grown at the old Trout Lake Nursery (current site of the Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters building on Hwy M). In summer, this trail is a great place to see blue flag iris, pipsissewa, Indian pipe and several varieties of wintergreen. Pets are not permitted on trail. The trail is used for cross-country skiing (ungroomed) and snowshoeing during winter.

Directions: From Star Lake Area, The trailhead is located off of County K between County M and Hwy. 45. Turn onto Statehouse Road. When you get to the entrance of the West Star Campground, go straight ahead instead of turning left into the campground.

Distance: 1.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Northern Highland / American Legion SF, Wisconsin

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