Silent winter sports such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing are a great way to enjoy the wonderful Wisconsin outdoors in a more relaxing setting. Here are three destinations to participate in a silent winter sport as well as a unique place to stay and eat!
North End Snowshoe Trail
The North End Snowshoe Trails are part of a cross country ski and snowshoe trail system. The snowshoe trails were established specifically for snowshoeing and are mapped and marked. There are three loops offering a range of distances from a short 1.1 mile hike to hikes of almost 6 miles. The trails use a combination of old woods roads and rustic single track trail. They travel mostly cross country and take you deep into the beautiful, snow-covered woods – be sure to watch for wildlife, like birds and deer while you enjoy the beauty!. The terrain is varied, from rolling hills to flat landscapes, making these wonderful trails enjoyable for a range of abilities, from newbies to old pros.
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Cable Nature Lodge
Cable, also known as Trail Town USA, is home to the American Birkebeiner cross- country skiing race. A great place to stay for nature lovers is The Cable Lodge, a Travel Green Certified hotel. The Cable Lodge also offers TripAdvisor’s “#1 Rated Area Restaurant,” serving the most flavorful and creative cuisine in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Rustic elegance and peaceful seclusion are both offered at the Cable Nature Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
One of the most beautiful areas to see in Stevens Point is Schmeeckle Reserve, set on 275 acres of wetlands, forests, prairies and a lake, which attract an array of songbirds, raptors and waterfowl and include many miles of nature trails. During the winter, Plover River ski trail (6.2 miles) and Iverson Park (2.4 miles) are open for classic cross-country skiing, while the rest of the Green Circle is open to snowshoeing and winter hiking. Within the reserve, you will find the Schmeeckle Reserve visitor center, which offers an opportunity to learn more about the reserve and environmental history. In the visitor center, be sure to check out the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, which highlights Wisconsin’s environmental history and the importance of natural resources in our everyday lives.
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Dreams of Yesteryear Bed and Breakfast
Travel Green Certified bed and breakfast, Dreams of Yesteryear in Stevens Point is an award winning Victorian restoration. Featured in VICTORIAN HOMES Magazine and listed on National Historic Register, Dreams of Yesteryear is located in quiet residential area near downtown, and not far from the Ice Age Trail. The Ice Age Trail is thousand mile footpath that weaves throughout Wisconsin. The section near Steven’s Point is open for snowshoeing.
Uniquely different, The Silver Coach promises food enthusiasts a truly enjoyable dining experience. The Silver Coach is the area's oldest established restaurant and offers fresh, creative cuisine. The signature entree's are infused with spectacular flavors and distinctive tastes. The menu features fresh and flavorful dishes to satisfy all palates and an extensive wine list completes the dining experience.
Justin Trails B&B Resort
Enjoy a beautiful place to stay and a silent sport at the same time! Justin Trails B&B Resort is located on 213 acres of beautiful forest and rolling hills and offers snowshoeing, snowtubing and Nordic skiing during the winter months, which is great for family fun. They are travel green certified and pet friendly, so feel free to bring the pooch!