Three of Wisconsin’s most consistent early-season trail opportunities
By late December, most of Wisconsin is usually snow-covered. A number of communities throughout the state regularly update online trail reports. Keep track of snowfall and trail conditions throughout the winter by bookmarking these websites.
As snow accumulates on trails throughout Wisconsin, winter trail opportunities pop up one-by-one. These three destinations offer you the best chance at early-winter fun on the trails.
Black River Country ATVing
On December 15, Jackson County ATV trails open, providing ATVers with 100 miles of fantastic riding. Together with adjoining Clark County trails, Black River Country offers 235 miles of ATVing. It’s one of the best ATV trail systems in the entire Midwest. Plus, many area lodging establishments and retailers are specially suited for catering to ATVers. For a winter ATV adventure, you can’t beat Black River Country.
Find out more about ATVing in Black River Country at www.blackrivercountry.net.
Boulder Junction Cross-Country Skiing
Located within the Lake Superior Snowbelt, Boulder Junction is your best bet for early-season snow. The community has a history of getting lots of snow early in the season. And Boulder Junction is surrounded by excellent cross-country ski trails. Skiers will find trails ranging from beginner level to expert. Pine trees dominate the landscape, which provides some of the best winter scenery you’ll find anywhere.
Get maps for all of Boulder Junction’s ski trails at www.boulderjct.org.
Vilas County Snowshoeing
Bordering the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Vilas County gets some of Wisconsin’s biggest snowfalls. If you’re itching to get out on the trails, try snowshoeing. A number of designated nature trails offer snowshoers a chance to experience pristine wilderness during the winter.
Learn about snowshoeing opportunities in Vilas County by visiting www.vilas.org.