The Perks of State Parks in the Winter

Wisconsin is home to over 60 diverse and majestic state parks –the majority open for business during the winter months. From tranquil relaxing settings to invigorating trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking – these Wisconsin’s state parks are a winter wonderland for those who enjoy playing in the snow.

Cross-Country Skiing

Wisconsin offers an abundance of cross-country ski trails (over 700 miles worth) for all levels in nearly all areas across the state. Here are just of few of the state park trails we recommend:

  • Besides the scenic 10 miles of groomed trails, Blue Mound State Park in southwest Wisconsin offers skiers a chance to get toasty in the warming shelter located in the park near the village of Blue Mounds.
  • With 11 miles of classic groomed and 3.5 miles of skate groomed trails, Point Beach State Forest in Two Rivers offers breathtaking views along Lake Michigan. Get warm in the shelter or challenge yourself on the one-mile ungroomed trail.
  • Speaking of cross-country skiing, Wisconsin also hosts the largest, and one of the longest, cross-country ski races in North America – the American Birkebeiner, better know as the Birkie. Thousands of skiers glide their way into the Cable area in hopes of being a victor in this very prestigious race.


In winter, Wisconsin’s state park trails become a snowshoeing paradise, so check out these trail recommendations:

  • Near New Auburn lies the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age State Recreation Area – a snowshoer’s haven. This area of the state is rich with whitetail deer, birds of prey and a number of other animals, so snowshoeing excursions can quickly turn into wildlife expeditions.
  • If you’re cruising through the southeastern part of the state, looking to partake in a little snowshoeing action, head to Richard Bong State Recreation Area. The trails in this multi-use recreation area present a variety of terrains to entice  – ­flat to hilly, to open and wooded.


If you’re not the type to let the snow melt under your feet, try hiking in a serene environment. Wisconsin state parks are among some the most awe-inspiring treasures on this planet. So if you’re looking for peaceful verses playful, here are our recommendations on where to take a hike:

  • Looking to escape the daily hustle and bustle? Then venture to Wazee Lake in the central part of the state. The winding wooded lake trails create a relaxing hiking atmosphere, while the sounds from the babbling brooks are sure to wash away your stresses.
  • Cave Point County Park in Door County is a true gem on Lake Michigan. Listen to the waves fall against the rocky shore while gazing across the lake. Hiking the secluded trails and taking in the scenery can also help to clear the mind.
  • From rolling hills to tranquil lakes, the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit stretches across 30 magnificent miles. Find a sunny spot to rest while overlooking the beautiful valley. There are endless peaceful possibilities while in the kettles. 

Did we miss one of your favorite state parks? Leave a comment below, and be sure to get out there before the snow is gone!