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"Silent sports" has growing interest in Vilas County

VILAS COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Lots of people are interested in a new emphasis on recreational "silent sports" in far northern Wisconsin.  

The tourist agency in Vilas County says more than 5,000 people picked up new trail maps in the first two weeks they were available. The maps show the details for over 60 biking, hiking, paddling, and ski trails throughout Vilas County.

The state Tourism Department kicked in $40,000 for the new maps. An app is also being developed, so trail users can get helpful assistance on their smartphones.

There's been a recent effort in northern Wisconsin to highlight silent sports, to cater to those who'd rather not hear the noise from snowmobiles, ATV's, and motor boats.  

Tourism and Publicity director Cindy Burzinski said many folks don't know about the many trail opportunities Vilas County offers -- and the new project is meant to highlight them.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)