A True Hidden Gem, The 236,000-Acre Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Is Perfect For Wisconsin Nature Lovers
By Ben Jones|Published October 06, 2022
Ben Jones is at heart an adventurer who delights in inspiring others. A former reporter and photojournalist, he explored towns large and small as a Wisconsin correspondent for USA Today. He later became a lead photographer and senior copywriter for an award-winning destination marketing agency, before founding Boldland Creative, a company that produces photography, video, and other content for travel destinations. Jones has completed photography and content projects in more than 15 states and when he’s not looking through a camera or at his Macbook you’ll find him exploring the world’s lakes and forests.
Sometimes, nature’s beauty is hiding in plain sight. In far northern Wisconsin, some visitors spend an entire vacation without stepping foot into Wisconsin’s largest state forest. They are missing out on an awesome experience. The Northern Highland American Legion State Forest is not exactly a secret – it blankets the Northwoods, surrounding communities and it flanks rural highways. But if you lace up the hiking shoes and experience one of the forest’s amazing trails you’ll discover a true Wisconsin treasure.
Learn more about the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest on the state Department of Natural Resources website or visit one of the forest’s visitor centers, which are located at at Crystal and Clear lakes. While this is the largest state forest in Wisconsin, there are also thousands more acres to explore on other state lands. Here are some more wild places in Wisconsin to discover.
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