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.

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#1. Pigeon Creek Park Trails


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, ran…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Grand Haven, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 10 miles BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Kensington Metropark Trails


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, whic…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Milford, MI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 8.3 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Mason Tract Pathway


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 w…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Grayling, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 9.5 miles BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails


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 Cross-Coun…
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Manistee, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 18.6 miles BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Kalamazoo Nature Center Trails


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 conditions,…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Kalamazoo, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 8 miles
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#6. Mackenzie Cross-Country Ski Trail


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 are ol…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Cadillac, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 9 miles
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#7. Cross-Country Ski Headquarters Trails


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, Lynne,…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Grayling, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 12 miles
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#8. Maybury State Park Trails


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 a cast…
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Northville, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 10.6 miles
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#9. Sand Lakes Quiet Area Trails


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 no mot…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Traverse City, MI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 8 miles
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#10. Muskegon State Park Trails


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 only…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
North Muskegon, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 5 miles
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#11. Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails


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 than do s…
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Middleville, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 7 miles
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#12. Cool's Cross-Country Farm Trails


NOTE: THIS TRAIL IS NOW CLOSED! Cool's Cross-Country Farm has been a family enterprise for more than 20 years and is one of the few true destination cross-country-only resorts in Michigan. B…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Reed City, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 15.5 miles
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#13. Sand Dunes Ski Trail


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 here…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Saint Ignace, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 7.6 miles
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#14. Corsair Trail Complex Trails


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 gliding d…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Tawas City, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 35 miles
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#15. Huron Meadows Metropark Trails


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 you’ll fe…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Brighton, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 8.9 miles
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#16. Lake Ann Pathway


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. Part of…
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Traverse City, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.8 miles
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#17. For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum Trails


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 away fro…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Burton, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 7 miles
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#18. Stony Creek Metropark Trails


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 in…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Shelby Township, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 12 miles
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#19. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Trails


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 of virg…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Ontonagon, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 26 miles
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#20. Wilderness Valley Trails


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, and fal…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Gaylord, MI - Cross-Country Skiing - 34.8 miles
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