Rusk County is a haven for outdoor recreation. From the picturesque Blue Hills to the majestic Flambeau River, year-round recreation is abundant. The area is a Midwest destination for paddle sports with four excellent waterways traversing the county - the Chippewa, Flambeau, Thornapple, and Jump Rivers. Seven different trail systems support nearly every user: snowmobiling, ATVing, world-class cross country skiing, equestrian, downhill skiing, off-road biking, and 27 miles of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. Hikers and birders will also enjoy the trails of the reclaimed Flambeau Mine nature area. Not just an outdoor escape, the county also offers a number of historic/cultural attractions including a county museum and a locomotive and several cars displayed at the Rusk County Visitor Center, both in Ladysmith. Performing arts and a growing artisan community make Ladysmith and Rusk County a vibrant and diverse destination.