UW-Barron County Bucket List

By UW Colleges

College is the perfect time to experience new things. As a student, you will discover your personal interests and learn what you truly enjoy doing. It’s easy to let this time in your life fly by, so don’t miss out on all of the fun things you can do. Use your time at UW-Barron County to knock these five items off your college bucket list.

1. Bike the Barron County Trails

Man riding a bike
Barron County prides itself in the extensive amount of bike trails it has to offer. Most of the trails are paved and have low traffic. Bikers must beware of narrower roads which have blind hills and more intersections than the other trails. You can spend the day exploring the trails with some friends. If you’ll be biking most of the day, pack a lunch for a picnic break. This is the perfect way to get some exercise while getting to know the area better.

2. Get active at Cedar Side Walking Trail

Person walking in the woods
If you want to get exercise while enjoying some beautiful scenery, the Cedar Side Walking Trail is your destination. In the fall, this walking trail is especially scenic as trees burst with colors. Along with wooded areas, you get a nice view of the river, and the trail includes three different boardwalks to explore. The trail is quiet and relaxing, with the longest loop reaching 3.7 miles. Perfect for a Sunday morning stroll or to enjoy lunch at the picnic shelter.

3. Cross-country ski at Blue Hills Trail System

Family cross-country skiing
Looking for a little more adventure? Check out the Bill Hills Trail System. The trails can be enjoyed year-round and activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking and hunting in the fall season. This system spans 22 miles, with different levels of difficulty throughout the trails. Whether you're a snow bunny or a trailblazer, this trail system is a must see during your time at UW-Barron County.

4. Hike at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

Friends hiking
Ten miles of trails at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary are free and open to the public. However, some special events throughout the year will require admission. Your furry canine friends can also enjoy the trails as long as they’re on a leash. You'll see native Wisconsin habitats such as bogs, lakes, a meadow and forests. Grab some friends for a fun weekend outing and enjoy the nature Wisconsin has to offer.

5. Catch your limit on Rice Lake

Person fishing
Every Wisconsinite has to spend a day fishing at some point! On Rice Lake, you can expect to catch a variety of fish like muskies, bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappie. Before your first cast, make sure to either get a daily or seasonal fishing license. If fishing isn’t your forté, spend the day catching some rays or taking a dip in the lake.

These five activities are a great start for any UW-Barron County student interested in making the most of their time in college.