Our Northwoods Adventure: Part 3 of 5 –

Today we hiked the Sam Campbell Memorial Trail in Three Lakes, WI. It’s an amazing little place with a great story.

This trail is named in honor of nature enthusiast, philosopher, and writer, Sam Campbell. It leads through a forest of pines, balsam, and hardwoods, and offers a variety of spring birds and wildflowers. A self-guiding brochure available at the trailhead interprets the area using the writings of Sam Campbell. A section of the trail leads to Wegimind Point and Vanishing Lake, a focal point in many of Campbell’s writings and lectures. The Three Lakes Historical Society is a partner with the Forest Service in managing the trail.

Chequamegon National Forest Website
Sign for Sam Campbell Memorial Trail
The Sign at the beginning of the trail


From Three Lakes, take State Highway 32 east for 4 miles to Military Road (FR 2178). Turn left and go north 4-1/2 miles to Old Military Road (FR 2207). Take left fork onto Old Military Road and proceed north 1 mile to the trailhead. Parking is available for 3 vehicles.

Interpretive Sign Post Sam Campbell Memorial Trail
One of many interpretive sign posts along the trail

This will be a day on the trails, then. Let us pack our lunch, fill canteens with water. Get out the binoculars, cameras, and magnifying glass – let’s look closer at things than we ever have before, for if we see things well we shall understand them, and if we understand them, we shall appreciate them.” sam Campbell urged visitors to “walk with padded feet;” to be quiet, to listen.

It is a very well maintained trail. There are several interpretive signs along it. It is not overly difficult. There are not a lot of ups and downs and the loop is only 1.75 miles long. There is an optional out and back trail to 4 mile lake at the far end of the loop. The scenery is divine and highly recommend this trail to anyone.

See the rest of our Northwoods Adventure:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5


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