For a scenic getaway far away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, consider communing with nature in the beautiful woods and forests of Hayward, Wisconsin. Located approximately three hours northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the northern regions of Wisconsin, Hayward is a delightful destination for family fun and relaxation!
Originally founded by Anthony Judson Hayward in the 1870's, Hayward began as a center of the lumbering industry in the Wisconsin Northwoods. By the early summer of 1883, a new lumber mill was constructed in Hayward with the ability to process the enormous supplies of red and white pine, as well as maple, ash, birch and elm harvested from the local forests. Tragically, on May 11, 1922, the old Hayward Mill was destroyed by a fire. At that point, many of the pine forests had been farmed for lumber, leaving empty logging camps throughout the Hayward region. People from larger cities started to realize that Hayward was beautiful, serene, and scenic; overall, an ideal spot for vacationing city folk. Thus, Hayward was revitalized into the relaxation haven it remains today. Currently, this small, quiet community of approximately 3,500 residents serves as the county seat of Sawyer County, Wisconsin. Additionally, countless visitors flock to the Hayward area every year to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and unrivaled natural beauty of its lakes and forests.
For visitors seeking an opportunity to rejuvenate themselves by getting back in touch with nature, Hayward is an excellent choice. In the summer, romantic canoe trips, long, quiet hikes through the wilderness, boat rides and leisurely afternoon bike trips await. In warmer months, golf aficionados can enjoy the beautifully landscaped golf courses of northern Wisconsin in what is commonly referred to as the "Golf Capital of Wisconsin". Fishing in this region is outstanding and lakes such as Round Lake, Lake Chippewa and Namekagon Lake overflow with trout, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish. Morgan Falls and St. Peter's Dome, both located approximately an hour outside of Hayward, offer wonderful hiking trails. Visitors can hike to witness the breath-taking beauty of the seventy foot high Morgan Falls or the scenic overlook of Chequamegon Bay from St. Peter's Dome. Adventure seekers can take a rafting or tubing trip along the Namekagon River, featuring some challenging Class 1 rapids. Winter travelers will delight in the extensive snow mobile trails of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and the beauty of the Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Trail.
Hayward not only offers visitors a plethora of opportunities for outdoor relaxation, Hayward is also home to some world-class, yet unique, entertainment events. Every year, the World Lumberjack Championships are held annually in July in the Hayward area. This contest has been held every year since 1960 to celebrate and honor the rich history of the logging industry in America with competitions in logrolling, sawing and chainsaw events. Hayward Wisconsin's Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is one of the premiere mountain biking events in the United States. In the winter, the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race pits some of the best cross country skiers against one another in the Hayward area. Families visiting the Hayward area can enjoy historic re-enactments from the lumbering era or a visit to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. At the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, families can learn about freshwater fishing techniques, admire the historic accomplishments of freshwater fisherman and even overlook the town from atop the two hundred (200) foot Musky sculpture. History buffs will delight in a visit to the nearby "Hideout", Al Capone's infamous Northwoods Retreat in Couderay, Wisconsin. Tours of this historic landmark include the Gun Tower where lookouts were posted during Capone's stays at this forest retreat. Exhibits celebrate the hedonism of the Roaring 20's and examine the brutal history of Capone and his gangs from this era. The Hideout is located a mere half an hour outside of Hayward and guided tours are conducted on the hours throughout the day. The larger cities of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin are about one and a half hours from the Hayward area along the shores of Lake Superior. Here, visitors can enjoy the Great Lakes Aquarium or the majestic Canal Park where large lake ships travel.
No matter what type of accommodations you seek, Hayward has an ideal spot for you. From cozy bed and breakfasts and luxurious resort to rustic cabins or camping sites, Hayward, Wisconsin has a plethora of lodging choices. Amenities such as pools, tennis courts, wireless networking and premier dining abound at many of the fabulous lodging choices. If you are looking for quieter accommodations away from the hubbub of everyday life, consider camping in a tent or renting a rustic, woodsy cabin in the forest. There are a wide variety of dining options in Hayward in addition to many quaint shops selling everything from antiques to specialty food items.
The large variety of activities amidst the scenic wonder of the Hayward area make it a truly unique and memorable spot for your next family getaway!
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