Best Cross-Country Skiing in Wisconsin

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

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#1. Glacial Drumlin State Trail


You’ll experience a variety of scenery, from rolling glacial hills to vast marshes to great rivers, along the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. Also of note; a glacial lake, a bison herd, and five crossing…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Waukesha, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 52.4 miles
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#2. Kettle Moraine Lapham Peak Meadow Trail


The Meadow Trail will not take you to the top, but two other trails — the 5.8-mile Kettle View and the 7-mile Moraine Ridge—will. They both return on the same screaming, 230-foot downhill run. Lapham…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Delafield, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 2 miles BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Military Ridge State Trail


The Military Ridge State Trail affords beautiful views from the ridgetop, passes through interesting trail towns, and provides access to Blue Mound State Park and Governor Dodge State Park. The trail…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Verona, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 42.2 miles
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#4. Ice Age Trail


The long downhill isn’t the only motivation for visiting in winter. Devils Lake is incredibly beautiful and perhaps the most geologically significant place in the state. It seems a shame that more isn…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Baraboo, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 7.1 miles BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Chippewa River State Trail


Scenic highlights at broad river bends and lush bottomland forest await you on the Chippewa River State Trail. The trail connects to the Red Cedar State Trail via an impressive 860-foot-long trestle,…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Eau Claire, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 25.2 miles
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#6. Bugline Trail


This is a surprisingly secluded trail in a sprawling metropolitan area. An active quarry and three parks enroute add to the interest. Surface: Crushed limestone, wood-planked bridges; natural surface…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Menomonee Falls, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 13.7 miles
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#7. Old World Wisconsin - Blue Trail


Want to visit New England, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Finland all in the same day? No, I'm not talking about some jet set, trans-Atlantic Euro blitz. A pleasant few hours skiing at Old World Wiscon…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Eagle, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 3.2 miles
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#8. Sugar River State Trail


New Glarus is a wonderfully hospitable town with a strong Swiss heritage. Marsh and dairy farm scenery and pleasant trail towns are found along the trail. Surface: The first 0.3 mile south from New Gl…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
New Glarus, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 23.1 miles
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#9. #1 Trail


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From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Phelps, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 1.6 miles
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#10. Nine Mile Forest 6K Trail


The ski trails that snake through 4,755-acre Nine Mile Forest have grown and steadily improved over the past 25 years. Trail sections are now identified by letters, and YOU ARE HERE map signs are freq…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Wausau, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 4.1 miles
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#11. Potawatomi State Park - Black Trail


Across the channel from the trailhead warming shelter, Sturgeon Bay’s shipyards lie frozen in winter’s icy bond. You’ll quickly ski past very different scenes. The deep forest of paper birch, maple, a…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Sturgeon Bay, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.5 miles
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#12. Willow Springs Trail


There is something nice about a ski trail that starts out running downhill. Especially when it’s gradual enough for an exhilarating warm-up, which is needed to handle the long 180-foot climb on the ba…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Blue Mounds, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 1.9 miles
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#13. Iola Norseman Black Trail


Want to join a 90-year-old ski club? For about the equivalent of a downhill ski ticket or a round of golf you can become a member of the Iola Winter Sports Club. Skiers have been jumping at Norseman H…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Iola, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 3.5 miles
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#14. Cam-Rock Park Area 2 Trail


Cam-Rock 2 is a short and sweet trail set between two picturesque small towns. The common thread between them is the Koshkonong Creek. A county park preserves the beauty of stream, marshes, and woods.…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Cambridge, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 1.8 miles
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#15. Cam-Rock Park Area 3 Trail


Single track mountain biking came to Cam-Rock Park recently in the form of a gnarly (bike-speak), twisty, narrow trail that gets amazing linear distance from a very compact wooded area. Snowshoers hav…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Rockdale, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 1.1 miles
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#16. Big Bay State Park Trails


Every part of this easy ski or snowshoe trek is filled with a sense of adventure, even getting to the trail. There is something very fascinating about the Apostle Islands in winter. They are so stark,…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
La Pointe, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.8 miles
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#17. Red Cedar State Trail South


Sleepy little Downsville seems little changed since the days when it thrived as a way point for rafters floating great quantities of rough sawn timber down to the Chippewa River. You have to wonder if…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Wisconsin"
Downsville, WI - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.4 miles
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#18. Red Cedar State Trail


Bald eagle sightings are common throughout the year. Great river scenery and an 860-foot-long trestle are highlights of the trail, along with the historic city of Menomonie, two quaint small river vil…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Menomonie, WI - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Snowshoeing, Walking - 14.2 miles
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#19. Glacial River Trail


The Glacial River Trail has a fascinating prehistoric and historic Native American heritage. There are interesting museums in the pleasant town of Fort Atkinson. Surface: Asphalt on the northern secti…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Fort Atkinson, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 8.3 miles
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#20. Great River State Trail


A beautiful collection of rivers great and small, a unique Mississippi River town, and three vast wildlife refuges are encountered along this trail. Near Perrot State Park, one of Wisconsin’s most b…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Onalaska, WI - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Snowshoeing, Walking - 24.4 miles
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