Nestled along the shores of Lake Hayward and surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest and sparkling lakes, the city of Hayward, WI is a small town filled with big adventures. In addition to a charming Downtown business center, Hayward is home to a few iconic landmarks, some world-famous events, and some of the most fantastic outdoor recreation in the state.
Here are five more reasons Hayward is the perfect spot for your vacation home.
1. Hayward is an Outdoor Recreationist’s Paradise
What’s your perfect day of outdoor adventuring? Is it a day on the lake with your fishing rod? A morning slicing through mirror-still waters on your ski? A warm fall afternoon pedaling hard over rugged, off-road terrain? A cooling paddle along a winding river on a hot summer’s day? In Hayward, you can have it all, any time of year!
Thanks to its thousands of acres of surrounding County and National Forest lands, Hayward has a nearly endless list of outdoor activities—hiking, mountain biking, hunting, ATV and snowmobile riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. And all those nearby lakes and rivers make for plenty of boating, fishing, swimming, and paddling opportunities.
2. Hayward’s Events are World-Class
The Hayward and Cable area is home to some of Wisconsin’s biggest events—events so big, they draw participants not just from across the state or country, but from across the globe. One such event is the American Birkebeiner Ski Race, the largest and one of the longest cross-country ski races in North America.
Other popular area events are the Lumberjack World Championships, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, the annual Musky Festival. All these events draw participants and spectators to Hayward every season of the year.
3. There are Tons of Small-Town Charms
Main Street Hayward isn’t just a quaint and charming area—it’s also filled with great local businesses, like restaurants, shops, and boutiques. Even without any events going on, it’s a great place to explore, grab a bite, and do some shopping. Main Street is also home to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and the iconic 100-foot musky that marks it.
4. You Might Find a Lakefront Home Like This One!
One of the best things about living in Hayward is that it’s got so many lakes, it’s not hard to find a home right on the water. Take this home for example. This 3-bed 2-bath home overlooks one of Hayward’s premier clear water lakes and features a large deck (perfect for sunsets), waterside benches, and a private dock right on the 3,000-acre Round Lake.
… Or Like This One!
This charming Hayward cabin is located on Little Round Lake, with a private dock, shady deck, and plenty of scenic shoreline. It’s also got a hot tub, cozy fireplace, and truly beautiful rustic charm.
5. It’s Easy to Reach
Hayward is a secluded outdoor paradise, surrounded as it is in forest and lakes. But’s really not a long drive from larger cities, thanks to its access to major roads. In fact, it’s just about an hour and a half from Duluth, two and a half hours from Minneapolis, and four hours from Green Bay. It’s also home to the public Sawyer County Airport.
Ready to Find Your Adventure in Hayward?
Are you thinking of buying a vacation home in or relocating permanently to the Hayward area? Then it’s time to contact McKinney Realty. We’re here to help you explore the area, discover its beautiful communities, and find the perfect home for your unique needs.