Best Cross-Country Skiing in Michigan

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan cross-country skiing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Pigeon Creek Park Trails

    4 Reviews

    Grand Haven, MI

    Just outside one of the West Michigan coastline’s most charming towns is one of the finest areas open for public use in southwestern Lower Michigan. The majority of runs are intended for families, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Just outside one of the West Michigan coastline’s most charming towns is one of the finest areas open for public use in southwestern ...

  • #2 Kensington Metropark Trails

    1 Reviews

    Milford, MI

    Planners foreseeing the growth of recreation in the mid-20th century did things right when they proposed this beautiful park in western Oakland County. Set amid the Huron River Valley, Kent Lake, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Planners foreseeing the growth of recreation in the mid-20th century did things right when they proposed this beautiful park ...

  • #3 Mason Tract Pathway

    1 Reviews

    Grayling, MI

    Glide into the dense cedar, pine, and hardwood forest trail starting at the edge of Chase Bridge Road and you’ve entered some of the wildest country in Lower Michigan. But don’t worry, it’s friendly ...
    •  Day trip
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Glide into the dense cedar, pine, and hardwood forest trail starting at the edge of Chase Bridge Road and you’ve entered ...

  • #4 Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails

    2 Reviews

    Manistee, MI

    A booming local downhill ski area until the early 1970s, when someone overbuilt it and it went bust, Big M has hosted legions of dedicated cross-country skiers since 1984, when the Manistee ...
    •  Day trip
    •  18.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A booming local downhill ski area until the early 1970s, when someone overbuilt it and it went bust, Big M has hosted legions ...

  • #5 Kalamazoo Nature Center Trails

    2 Reviews

    Kalamazoo, MI

    Located on the outskirts of one of Michigan’s largest cities, the 1,100-acre nature center’s summer hiking trails serve double duty in winter for cross-country skiers. Due to variable snow c ...
    •  Day trip
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Located on the outskirts of one of Michigan’s largest cities, the 1,100-acre nature center’s summer hiking trails serve double ...

  • #6 Mackenzie Cross-Country Ski Trail

    1 Reviews

    Cadillac, MI

    Set in the beautiful, rolling, hardwood hills of West Michigan, Mackenzie Trail is nearest to both downhill runs and one of northern Michigan’s major resort towns. Many of the trees in the area ...
    •  Day trip
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Set in the beautiful, rolling, hardwood hills of West Michigan, Mackenzie Trail is nearest to both downhill runs and one ...

  • #7 Maybury State Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    Northville, MI

    One of the most easily accessible cross-country ski trails for metro Detroiters is located inside this 1,000-acre park’s gently rolling terrain, open meadows, and mature hardwood forest, as is ...
    •  Day trip
    •  10.6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the most easily accessible cross-country ski trails for metro Detroiters is located inside this 1,000-acre park’s ...

  • #8 Cross-Country Ski Headquarters Trails

    1 Reviews

    Grayling, MI

    Set near the shore of Higgins Lake, one of Michigan’s most beautiful inland lakes (once called the world’s sixth most beautiful by National Geographic), veteran ski racer Bob Frye and his wife, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Set near the shore of Higgins Lake, one of Michigan’s most beautiful inland lakes (once called the world’s sixth most beautiful ...

  • #9 Sand Lakes Quiet Area Trails

    1 Reviews

    Traverse City, MI

    This is one of the most popular ski areas in the region, yet it also feels like one of the most remote, depending on where you are on the system. The quiet area gets its name from the fact that ...
    •  Day trip
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of the most popular ski areas in the region, yet it also feels like one of the most remote, depending on where ...

  • #10 Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails

    0 Reviews

    Middleville, MI

    The hills of Southwestern Lower Michigan harbor some surprisingly good cross-country skiing, and this recreation area—the state’s euphemism for spots that offer more recreation opportunities ...
    •  Day trip
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The hills of Southwestern Lower Michigan harbor some surprisingly good cross-country skiing, and this recreation area—the ...

  • #11 Sand Dunes Ski Trail

    1 Reviews

    Saint Ignace, MI

    The Lake Michigan shoreline between St. Ignace and Brevort is one of the state’s most beautiful in any season. In summer cars line U.S. 2’s shoulder as soon as the dunes that buffer the shoreline ...
    •  Day trip
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Lake Michigan shoreline between St. Ignace and Brevort is one of the state’s most beautiful in any season. In summer ...

  • #12 Muskegon State Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    North Muskegon, MI

    The community that once was known as the Queen City for its lumber which helped build America’s West in the 19th century, is now known, among other things, as the location of one of the nation’s ...
    •  Day trip
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The community that once was known as the Queen City for its lumber which helped build America’s West in the 19th century, ...

  • #13 Huron Meadows Metropark Trails

    0 Reviews

    Brighton, MI

    Huron Meadows is so precious to local cross-country skiers that few outside the surrounding area know about it, and that’s the beauty of skiing there in this mini metropark. Most of the time ...
    •  Day trip
    •  8.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Huron Meadows is so precious to local cross-country skiers that few outside the surrounding area know about it, and that’s ...

  • #14 Corsair Trail Complex Trails

    0 Reviews

    Tawas City, MI

    Corsair may not be the most challenging cross-country ski area in the state, but it’s my favorite. Those wonderful warm, sunny days in late February and through March will often find us here ...
    •  Day trip
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    Corsair may not be the most challenging cross-country ski area in the state, but it’s my favorite. Those wonderful warm, ...

  • #15 Lake Ann Pathway

    1 Reviews

    Traverse City, MI

    While not as challenging as some of its neighboring routes, Lake Ann is becoming a popular system because of its variety, proximity to Traverse City, and great lake, river, and forest scenery. ...
    •  Day trip
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    While not as challenging as some of its neighboring routes, Lake Ann is becoming a popular system because of its variety, ...

  • #16 For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum Trails

    0 Reviews

    Burton, MI

    Why ski in the shadow of one of Michigan’s industrialized cities? Like Hillary and Everest, because it’s there, and why not? You’ll learn that you can have a great time even if you’re not far ...
    •  Day trip
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Why ski in the shadow of one of Michigan’s industrialized cities? Like Hillary and Everest, because it’s there, and why not? ...

  • #17 Stony Creek Metropark Trails

    0 Reviews

    Shelby Township, MI

    Built primarily on the site of the former hunting estate of the Sheldon Family of Detroit, this edition of the Huron Clinton Metroparks is a beautiful addition to the recreational ski opportunities ...
    •  Day trip
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Built primarily on the site of the former hunting estate of the Sheldon Family of Detroit, this edition of the Huron Clinton ...

  • #18 Blueberry Ridge Pathway

    0 Reviews

    Marquette, MI

    One of Michigan's most varied and picturesque trail systems lies in the red and jack pine forests only a few minutes south of the Upper Peninsula’s largest city. It has the bumps for advanced ...
    •  Day trip
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    One of Michigan's most varied and picturesque trail systems lies in the red and jack pine forests only a few minutes south ...

  • #19 Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    Ontonagon, MI

    The upper peninsula is wilderness central for Michigan, and you’re in the heart of that capital when you step into your skis here. Within the park’s 58,000 acres is one of the largest expanses ...
    •  Day trip
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    The upper peninsula is wilderness central for Michigan, and you’re in the heart of that capital when you step into your skis ...

  • #20 Wilderness Valley Trails

    1 Reviews

    Gaylord, MI

    You can thank the glaciers that once spread over most of Michigan for this ski area, nestled in the high hardwood hills southwest of Gaylord. This four-season complex—golf in spring, summer, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  34.8 miles
    •  Guide

    You can thank the glaciers that once spread over most of Michigan for this ski area, nestled in the high hardwood hills southwest ...