Explore old growth forest
On the south and west side of Star lake, an assortment of trails of various length traverse beautiful wild areas. The trail winds through wetlands crossing and sometimes following logging roads. Some of the most scenic areas of the trail trace the very edge of Star Lake; gentle waves will lap at your feet at you walk over mossy rocks and pass towering trees. The trail will take you deep into the Plum Lake Hemlock Forest, a near virgin stand of old-growth forest of hemlock, yellow birth, sugar maple, basswood and paper birch. This special place has been owned and managed by the state Department of Natural Resources since 1953 and it gives hikers a sense of what the area was like before European settlers arrived.
There are various places to get on the trail. There’s access on the north side from County Hwy. K – look carefully for the trail sign, as you might miss it driving at a higher speed. There are places to park along logging roads in the system and there’s a parking lot on the other side of the trail system off County Hwy. K – a long unpaved road will take you to the parking area.