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.

  • #1 Glacial Drumlin State Trail

    1 Reviews

    Waukesha, WI

    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 ...
    •  52.4 miles
    •  Guide

    You’ll experience a variety of scenery, from rolling glacial hills to vast marshes to great rivers, along the Glacial Drumlin ...

  • #2 Military Ridge State Trail

    2 Reviews

    Verona, WI

    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 ...
    •  42.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Military Ridge State Trail affords beautiful views from the ridgetop, passes through interesting trail towns, and provides ...

  • #3 Kettle Moraine Lapham Peak Meadow Trail

    2 Reviews

    Delafield, WI

    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. ...
    •  Day use
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    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. ...

  • #4 Ice Age Trail

    2 Reviews

    Baraboo, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  7.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The long downhill isn’t the only motivation for visiting in winter. Devils Lake is incredibly beautiful and perhaps the most ...

  • #5 Bugline Trail

    0 Reviews

    Menomonee Falls, WI

    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 ...
    •  13.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a surprisingly secluded trail in a sprawling metropolitan area. An active quarry and three parks enroute add to the ...

  • #6 Old World Wisconsin - Blue Trail

    1 Reviews

    Eagle, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Want to visit New England, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Finland all in the same day? No, I'm not talking about some jet ...

  • #7 Sugar River State Trail

    0 Reviews

    New Glarus, WI

    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 ...
    •  23.1 miles
    •  Guide

    New Glarus is a wonderfully hospitable town with a strong Swiss heritage. Marsh and dairy farm scenery and pleasant trail ...

  • #8 #1 Trail

    2 Reviews

    Phelps, WI

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    •  Day use
    •  1.6 miles
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  • #9 Nine Mile Forest 6K Trail

    0 Reviews

    Wausau, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  4.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The ski trails that snake through 4,755-acre Nine Mile Forest have grown and steadily improved over the past 25 years. Trail ...

  • #10 Potawatomi State Park - Black Trail

    1 Reviews

    Sturgeon Bay, WI

    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, ...
    •  Day use
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Across the channel from the trailhead warming shelter, Sturgeon Bay’s shipyards lie frozen in winter’s icy bond. You’ll quickly ...

  • #11 Willow Springs Trail

    1 Reviews

    Blue Mounds, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  1.9 miles
    •  Guide

    There is something nice about a ski trail that starts out running downhill. Especially when it’s gradual enough for an exhilarating ...

  • #12 Iola Norseman Black Trail

    0 Reviews

    Iola, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #13 Cam-Rock Park Area 3 Trail

    1 Reviews

    Rockdale, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  1.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Single track mountain biking came to Cam-Rock Park recently in the form of a gnarly (bike-speak), twisty, narrow trail that ...

  • #14 Cam-Rock Park Area 2 Trail

    0 Reviews

    Cambridge, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Cam-Rock 2 is a short and sweet trail set between two picturesque small towns. The common thread between them is the Koshkonong ...

  • #15 Big Bay State Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    La Pointe, WI

    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 ...
    •  Day use
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Every part of this easy ski or snowshoe trek is filled with a sense of adventure, even getting to the trail. There is something ...

  • #16 Glacial River Trail

    0 Reviews

    Fort Atkinson, WI

    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 ...
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Glacial River Trail has a fascinating prehistoric and historic Native American heritage. There are interesting museums ...

  • #17 American Birkebeiner Trail

    0 Reviews

    Cable, WI

    The Birkebeiner is one big, wide, tough trail. One day a year this roomy, two-way trail through the pristine northwoods becomes very crowded and most definitely one-way. In late February about ...
    •  Day use
    •  24.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Birkebeiner is one big, wide, tough trail. One day a year this roomy, two-way trail through the pristine northwoods becomes ...

  • #18 Nutcracker Trail

    0 Reviews

    Minocqua, WI

    Winter Park is one of Wisconsin’s all-time favorite cross-country ski destinations. It is an ideal ski area for everyone from rank beginners to experts. Two dozen trails with 44 miles of distance ...
    •  Day use
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Winter Park is one of Wisconsin’s all-time favorite cross-country ski destinations. It is an ideal ski area for everyone ...

  • #19 Greenbush Purple Trail

    0 Reviews

    Greenbush, WI

    Like the village, the trails have their own unique character. A deep, sheltering forest helps hold the snow when nearby farm fields are bare. Thanks to the dedication of the local Kettle Moraine ...
    •  Day use
    •  5.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Like the village, the trails have their own unique character. A deep, sheltering forest helps hold the snow when nearby farm ...

  • #20 Calumet Park Effigy Mounds Trail

    0 Reviews

    Hilbert, WI

    Lake Winnebago can be a beautiful and foreboding place in winter. The view of the huge inland lake from Calumet Park is little changed since Native Americans built panther-shaped ceremonial mounds ...
    •  Day use
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Winnebago can be a beautiful and foreboding place in winter. The view of the huge inland lake from Calumet Park is little ...