Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing in Northwest Wisconsin

After the snow has fallen, take advantage of our winter pastimes, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

The only sound you’ll hear is the swish of your skis or the crunch of the snow as you traverse the quiet forest and trails. Whatever your skill level, you will have incredible experiences on any of these trails.

American Birkebeiner Ski Trail
Sawyer County
Length: 51 km or 26.1 miles. Parking, pit toilet, warming building, picnic area, food/lodging and ski shop nearby; lighted sections for night-time skiing are from dusk to 10 p.m. The trails are groomed for both skating and classic skiing. Moderate to difficult skill level. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Balsam Branch Ski Trails
Polk County
At D.D. Kennedy Park. 11 km of trails, 4 km lighted. Groomed for classical, skate skiing and snowshoe. Open December 1st with adequate snow.

Barron Area Nordic Trail Association
Barron County
After the snow has fallen, take advantage of our winter pastimes, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The only sound you’ll hear is the swish of your skis or the crunch of the snow as you traverse the quiet forest and trails. Whatever your skill level, you will have incredible experiences on any of these trails.

Barron Area Nordic Trail Association
Barron County
Length: 3.4 km/1.9 km/1.2 km. The trail system consists of 3.4 km of trails through a mature oak-maple forest, 1.9 km of open field skiing, and 1.2 km of snowshoe/winter hiking trails. Fee/Pass Required: No. Donations welcome.

Blue Hills Trails
Rusk County
Length: 20 miles. An extensive 20-mile trail system located in the Blue Hills in Northwestern Rusk County. Groomed for classic and freestyle skiing. Variety of loops and terrains for different skill levels. Fee/Pass Required: No. Donation appreciated.

Brule River State Forest Afterhours Trail
Douglas County
Length: 25 km. Afterhours Ski Trail includes an extensive network of some of the region’s finest and best maintained cross-country ski trails for both classical and skate skiing. Various loops provide a variety of terrain suitable for both beginning skiers and those with advanced skills. Fee/Pass Required: Yes

Brunet Island State Park
Chippewa County
Length: 4.3 miles. This state park located in Cornell offers 4.3 miles of groomed trail for classic style skiing. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Copper Falls State Park
Ashland County
Length: 13.7 miles/22 km-Classic; 6.5 miles/10.5 km-Skate. The park has trails to suite all skill levels from beginner to experienced skiers. Trails are groomed on a regular basis as the Lake Superior snow belt is known for constant snowfall. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

City of Ashland Ski Trail
Ashland County
Length: 5 km. Most trails provide a combination of skating and classical skiing, with two trails for classic only. The trails are gently rolling to flat terrain meandering through pine forest comprising several loops totaling 5 kilometers. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Cumberland Area Ski Trail Association
Barron County
Timberland Hills is a 24 Km trail system with gentle rolling terrain to the screaming hills of "The Ridge Run" and the "Outer Loop". Timberland West is a 2.5 Km lighted beginner-type ski trail with gently rolling terrain and no large hills. It is open daylight hours and during the ski season the lights come on at dusk and stay on until 11:00 PM.

Douglas County Trails
Douglas County
Length: 10+ Miles; 4 Loops. Trail Difficulty: Easy. Douglas County grooms and maintains over 10 miles (17 km) of cross-country ski trails between the Towns of Solon Springs and Gordon just off Hwy 53. Trails are groomed during the winter season for classic & skate skiing. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

HASTA Hospital Ski Trail
Sawyer County
Length: 7 miles. Loops: 9. Parking, groomed for classic skiing. Easier ski trails: Buckthorn, Lakeview, Pine & Clear-cut loops. More difficult ski trails: Beaver Pond, Ox and Hilly loops. Darrell Trail for snowshoeing. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Hatchery Creek County Park Trail
Sawyer County
Length: 3 Loops - .4 km 1.15 km and 1.9 km, with access to the Birkie Trail. Parking, pit toilet, warming building, picnic area, food/lodging and ski shop nearby; Lighted sections for night-time skiing are from dusk to 10 p.m. The trails are groomed for both skating and classic skiing. Moderate to difficult skill levels. Fee/Pass required: No.

Heartwood Ski Trails
Washburn County
Length: 20 km. Heartwood offers multiple loops and a wide range of trails. Groomed regularly, the trails wind through the 700-acre property. Ski rentals are available. Day use pass required.

Hickory Ridge Ski Trail
Chippewa County
Length: 16 miles. 16 miles of ski trails groomed for traditional or skate skiing winding through the quiet and scenic oak and aspen forest and consists of 3 challenging loops. Intermediate to expert. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Holy Cross Trail
Price County
Length: 6 miles/9.6 km. A good trail for families. Features multiple loop sections of varying lengths. Groomed for classic skiing only. Excellent for viewing wildlife. Moderately hilly through a variety of timber types. Easy/Moderate. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Hurley Eagle Bluff
Iron County
Length: 2.5 miles. Trail Difficulty: Easy. Fee: No.

Ladysmith Lighted Loop
Rusk County
Length: 1.5 miles. Relatively flat, groomed for classic and freestyle skiing. Fee/Pass Required: No. Donation appreciated.

Lake Wissota State Park
Chippewa County
Length: 8 miles. This state park located on the north shore of Lake Wissota offers over 8 miles of groomed trails for both traditional stride and skate skiing. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

MECCA Trails
Iron County
Length: 18 km. Several trail loops total 18 km in rolling wooded terrain. Some loops are classic and skating and some are classic only. Fee/Pass Required: Donation box is available.

Montreal Trail
Iron County
Length: 10 km. This is a 10 km classic trail that passes the remnants of the Montreal Mine with interpretive signage on mining. The terrain is wooded and intermediate. Fee/Pass Required: Donation box is available.

Mt. Ashwabay Recreation Area
Bayfield County
40 km of classic and skate skiing in a beautiful setting through woods on and near Mt. Ashwabay. Difficulty: Beginner to Expert.

Nordic Woods Trail
Washburn County
Length: 15 km. Located on county forest land, this trail is a favorite with the locals and is groomed for classic. Two parking areas are available. Fee: No, membership encouraged.

North End Ski Trail
Bayfield County
13 km, skate/classic through the Bayfield County Forest and connecting to the American Birkebeiner Trail & Birkie Classic Trail. Parking, toilet, and warming cabin. Food & lodging nearby. Difficulty: Intermediate to Difficult.

Penokee Mountain Ski Trail
Ashland County
Length: 7.6 miles. Two loops, connecting with the North Country National Scenic Trail. Trail Type: Classical and skate. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Phillips School Forest Trail 
Price County
Length: 3.5 miles/5.6 km. A scenic trail, groomed for classic and skate skiing, winding through a diverse forest and open meadow consisting of 5 loops ranging from gently rolling to steep climbs and winds. Easy/Difficult. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Sisters Farm Trails
Rusk County
Length: 3 miles. About 3 miles of cross country trails, groomed for classic and freestyle skiing. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Solberg Lake/Squaw Creek Trail
Price County
Length: 3.4 miles/5.4 km. A very good scenic trail for beginners or older skiers seeking a relatively flat trail for a daily exercise routine. Groomed for classic skiing. Easy/Moderate. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Spooner City Park
Washburn County
Length: 6 miles. Located within Spooner City limits, the well-maintained trails offer classic and skate skiing. A warming house, plentifiul parking and even a lit ski trail are available. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Fee/Pass Required: No.

Superior Municipal Forest
Douglas County
Length: 36 km, 8 Loops. Trails are tracked and groomed seven days a week, weather permitting, for both skate and classic skiing. Difficulty: Beginning to Advance. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Timberland Hills
Burnett County
Length: 15 miles. Machine groomed out and back and loop trails. Trails are 16-20 feet wide. Beginner to expert. One lighted trail. Forested, Clam River headwaters, wildlife. Picnic shelter. Warming house. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Amnicon Falls State Park
Douglas County
Length: 1.5 Miles. Trail Type: Loop. Trail doesn’t have access to the river but provides a convenient way to enjoy some of the remote areas of the park in winter. The trail is fairly flat with some steeper segments in and out of the ancient river valley. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Balsam Branch Ski Trails
Polk County
At D.D. Kennedy Park. 11 km of trails, 4 km lighted. Groomed for classical, skate skiing and snowshoe. Open December 1st with adequate snow.

Barron Area Nordic Trail Association
Barron County
Length: 1.2 km. Trail Type: Multiple loops. The trail system consists of 3.4 km of trails through a mature oak-maple forest, 1.9 km of open field skiing, and 1.2 km of snowshoe/winter hiking trails. Fee/Pass Required: Donations welcome.

Bayfield Road Snowshoe Trail
Douglas County
Length: 2.25 Miles. This trail is historically significant. Along this route the first road between Superior and Bayfield was built in 1870. It was then used to transport freight, mail, and passengers until it was replaced by the railroad in 1885. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Beaver Brook Wildlife Area
Washburn County
Length: 6.4 miles. Make your own tracks in this 1,964 acre wildlife area. Beaver Brook offers ungroomed snowshoe and backcountry trails. Trail Difficulty: Expert. Trail Type: Ungroomed backcountry. Fee: No.

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
Chippewa County
Length 23 miles. This trail runs from the Interpretive Center in New Auburn to Burnet Island State Park in Cornell. There's even more to explore on snowshoes as winter trails connect glacial throughout the park. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Copper Falls State Park
Ashland County
Length: 1.5 Miles. There are two multi-use trails at Copper Falls State Park, the Red Granite Falls Trail near the park office and the Water Falls Winter Trail at the north end of the park access road. Snowshoeing and winter hiking are also allowed off-trail in the park, except on the groomed ski trails. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Drummond Woods Trail
Bayfield County
Length: .75 miles (connects to North Country National Scenic Trail)
Trail Type: Easy. Trails take you through old growth hardwoods, towering hemlock and majestic white pine. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Flambeau Mine Trails
Rusk County
Length: 4 miles. 4 miles of trails on the reclaimed mine site. Includes upland, forested, wetland, and prairie habitats, along the banks of the Flambeau River. Plus another 10-mile non-motorized trail. Fee/Pass Required: No. Donation appreciated.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Trails
Bayfield County
Length: 1.5 miles. Trail Type: Easy/Moderate. Trails meet the shoreline of Lake Superior on this beautiful 180 acre property that includes primordial boreal forest and coastal estuary. Fee/Pass Required: No.

HASTA Hospital Ski Trail
Sawyer County
Length: 1 mile Loops: 2. Parking. Dogs allowed on snowshoe trail. Snowshoe trails are marked with colored tape on trees. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Hatchery Creek Park
Sawyer County
Length: 3 miles. Trail Type: Intermediate. The trails are lit from dusk to 10 p.m. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Hickory Ridge Recreation Area
Chippewa County
Length: 8.4 miles. Trail Type: Loop. A 5 km groomed snowshoe trail starts and returns to the parking area on 225th Ave (Bob Lake Rd). Fee/Pass Required: No.

Hunt Hill Trails
Washburn County
Length: 13 miles. Parking; Un-groomed snowshoe trails located at Hunt Hill, a 600-acre nature reserve. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Hurley Eagle Bluff Iron County
Length: 2.5 miles. Trail Difficulty: Easy. Fee: No.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Rusk County
Length: Varies. Multiple segments (Hemlock and Blue Hills) of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail can be found in the Blue Hills area of Northwestern Rusk County. Access off County Rd F. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Iron County Forest Roads
Iron County
Length: Varies. Iron County has many snowshoeing opportunities with 200 inches of snow each winter. Hiking and biking trails also double as snowshoe trails in the winter, and there are many unmarked forest roads that are great for exploring. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Irvine Park & Zoo
Chippewa County
Length: 2 miles. The trail in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls is approximately 2 miles of gently rolling terrain through a mature mixed hardwood forest. The trail is routinely groomed for skiing during the winter months. Parallel to the trail is a snowshoe trail. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Newman Springs Trail
Price County
Length: 7 miles/11.2 km. A scenic Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest trail that overlooks Newman Springs and has no exceptionally difficult sections. Please stay off tracked area of trail. Easy/Moderate. Fee/Pass Required: Yes (parking fee).

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
Bayfield County
Snowshoes free of charge for on-site use. 40 acres of land. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Pattison State Park Douglas County
Pattison State Park has a number of informal trails available for snowshoeing in the winter. Fee/Pass Required: Yes.

Phillips School Forest Trail
Price County
3.2/5 .1 km. This fairly narrow trail winds through a scenic forest with hills and valleys. Trail difficulty: Medium/Difficult. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Riverview Trail
Rusk County
Length: 1.3 miles. 1.3 mile trail on the South bank of the Flambeau River in Ladysmith. Access from Hwy 27 or the Wagon Wheel Bridge. Good for hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. Fee/Pass Required: No. Donation appreciated.

Schomberg Park Snowshoe Trail
Iron County
Length: 1.7 miles. Easy trail through wooded terrain with views of Layman’s Creek and old growth hemlock. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Solberg Lake/ Squaw Creek Trail
Price County
Length: 3.4 miles/5.4 km. A good trail for beginners and families with children. Tree-lined trail runs parallel to the ski trail. Please stay off groomed skiing surface. Easy/Moderate. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Somers Lake
Polk County
5 miles of closed loop, wooded trail. East of Frederic.

Town of Hayward Recreational Forest Trail
Sawyer County
4 miles of winding trails for snowshoeing and skiing with a couple hills, scenic, small lake; dogs are allowed. Easy/Moderate. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Uller Trail Iron County
Length: 30 km; Multiple loops. This is a backcountry trail winding through the Penokee Range between Whitecap and Montreal. The total trail is 30 km but there are several spurs to shorten the distance. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Upper Phantom Cross Country Skiing & Hiking Trail
Burnett County
Length: 3.7 miles. Crex Meadows Wildlife Education Center and throughout the Wildlife Area. 4 connected loop trails. Restrooms at Education Center. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Valhalla Recreation Area
Bayfield County
36 km total. Teuton Trails are located in an oak forest with long uphills and downhills; groomed for classic and skating. Valkyrie Trails are classic only in an open red pine stand. Chalet and warming hut with toilets. Kids practice area near main parking lot.

Webb Lake Ski Trail
Burnett County
Length: 1.25 miles/1.5 miles/2.6 miles. Loop trails through aspen, oak, and pine forests. Shelter. Fee/Pass Required: No.

Wert Preserve XC Ski Trails
Polk County
St. Croix Falls. A 450-acre chunk of land nestled only a few hundred feet from the shore of the St. Croix River rises over 400 feet to the top of the ridge - some serious elevation by Midwestern standards. There is about 6 miles (conveniently 10 km) of trail within the preserve, perfect in length for nice cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Wild Cat Mountain Bike Trail
Washburn County
Length: 20 miles. Multiple loops. Also used as mountain bike trail. Fee/Pass Required: No