Wisconsin offers hundreds of cross-country ski trails. Here are five that rank among the very best. Choose a wilderness trail, an easy set of trail loops, a backcountry challenge or a classic trail experience. Every skier will find a trail that’s right for them. So pick your trail, plan your trip, put on your skis and start gliding.
Black River State Forest – Wilderness Explorations in Black River Country
The Black River State Forest is one of Wisconsin’s wildest places. The state forest and surrounding county forests form a vast area of woodlands that supports everything from wild turkeys to wolves. Winding throughout the state forest, you’ll find 25 miles of outstanding cross-country ski trails. Trails are groomed for both skate skiers and traditional skiers. Learn more about Black River Country trails and other winter recreation options.
McNaughton Trail – Breathtaking Views in Boulder Junction
Running for ten miles through breathtaking forest scenery, the McNaughton Trail is one of the best trails in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The trail is groomed and tracked for traditional skiing, with one section groomed for skate-style skiing. It’s a great beginner trail, presenting very few hills. Find a complete list of Boulder Junction trails and maps.
North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails – Scenic and Relaxing in Vilas County
Glide your way around beautiful Statehouse Lake or along the Manitowish River on the North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails. The trails offer a wonderful mix of Northwoods scenery. There’s no better place for a relaxing outing. A warming house is available. Learn about more Vilas County trails and get a trail map.
CAVOC Trails – Backcountry Challenge in Rhinelander
CAVOC stands for Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom, and this challenging trail will give the experienced trail trekker a lesson in backcountry cross-country skiing. Groomed for only snowshoeing and backcountry skiing, this trail system is definitely not for the novice skier. But, if you’re up for the challenge, head to the Rhinelander area and hit the trail. Get complete information on Rhinelander Area cross-country ski trails.
Cassian Two-way Trail – A Classic Ski Trail in Oneida County
This Oneida County trail is a classic. The terrain is level with some gently rolling sections. It’s a pleasure to ski, whether you’re a beginner or more experienced skier. If you’re looking for a solid cross-country skiing experience with good scenery and top-notch trail grooming, the Cassian Two-way Trail is for you. Find more information on this and other Oneida County ski trails.