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
Directions: 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.
Trail Length: 1 mile loop.
Difficulty: Easy, gently rolling terrain with one short