Franklin Nature Trail


The popular Franklin Nature Trail is an excellent way to get a sampling of nature in the Northwoods. The self-guiding brochure provided at the trailhead will guide you through northern hardwood, pine, and hemlock forests where some trees are over 400 years old. You can stop off to wade in Butternut Lake or contemplate a beautiful lake vista from a bench under huge hemlock trees. The boardwalk across the bog offers a chance to see many varieties of bog plants up close. If you visit in the spring, bring along your field guide to identify the numerous wildflowers in bloom. A short loop at the beginning of this trail is accessible to persons using wheelchairs.

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Closest Towns: Eagle River
Information Center: Eagle River - Florence Ranger District

General Information


From Eagle River, take State Highway 70 east for 8 miles to Military Road (FR 2178). Turn right and go south 3 miles to Butternut Lake Road (FR 2181). Turn left and go east 5 miles to the Franklin Lake Campground. Parking for the trail is on the right after you enter the campground. Ten vehicle spaces and 2 bus spaces are available.

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