Best Wisconsin State Lands for Snowshoeing

Are you thinking of planning a winter vacation to Wisconsin? You may want to fit in some snowshoeing while you are there. Many of the Wisconsin state parks and forests are open daily year-round and offer winter hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails.

I should mention that access to most of the state parks and forests require the purchase of a vehicle admission sticker, which tends to cost a modest $10 for the day.

Here are a few parks you may want to consider adding to your trip itinerary:

Black River State Forest

The Black River State Forest is located off Highway 54 in Black River and features 24 miles of looped trails. Some of the trails are groomed and others are not. If you want a workout, I’d suggest that you try the Wildcat (3.5 miles) or the Norway Pine Trail (1.5 miles). Those seeking an easier path may want to stick to the 1 mile long South Trail. Hours of operation vary.

Blue Mound State Park

The Blue Mound State Park is located on Mounds Park Road in Blue Mounds. The park features well over 20 miles of trails suitable for snowshoeing and other winter activities. It tends to open at 6 a.m. Are you craving a looped woodland trail that meanders through the sugar maple? Try the Pleasure Valley Trail. Personally, I like the Willow Springs Trail. It is 2 miles long and features a live spring that provides fresh water and a moment’s worth of contemplative respite along the way.

Brule River State Forest

The Brule River State Forest is located on South Ranger Road in Brule. For me, what makes this forest notable are the 30-plus miles of groomed, designated trails that are superlative for various forms of winter reaction. If you are snowshoeing, I’d suggest you take the Coyote Trail. It is the longer of the two snowshoeing trails (2.2 miles). The landscape is breathtaking and each trailhead has a warming shelter where you can work off the chill and answer the call of nature in comfort. In addition to the sticker fee, you’ll also need to fork over a $4 per person trail access fee.

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

The Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area is located on County Highway M east of New Auburn, and features 23 miles of marked snowshoeing trails. You’ll definitely want to take the Ice Age Trail. It was formed by glaciers, and features over 20 kettle lakes and several primitive campsites.

My family enjoys winter recreation and has traveled extensively.

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