There’s no reason to hibernate when the cold weather hits Wisconsin. Locals and visitors alike know that Greater Madison offers plenty of ways to embrace the flakes – both indoors and out. Make the most of the winter time with these snowy adventure and winter warm-ups!
Snowshoeing in Middleton
Kick off the snowy season with a visit to Middleton’s Pheasant Branch Conservancy. With a variety of trails and plenty of wildlife active in winter, the 510 acre spot is perfect for a snowshoe stroll. Climb to the top of Frederick’s Hill to enjoy expansive views, including sights of the Capitol.
Feeling competitive? Try the Snowshoe Scurry – a popular 5K and 10K snowshoe race event that takes place in a variety of towns throughout southern Wisconsin.
Warm Up: Craftsman Table & Tap
Post hike, head to Craftsman Table & Tap for brunch. The Euro-modern tavern features hearty, rustic food and makes a mean eggs Benedict. Treat yourself – the beer-battered Carr Valley cheese curds are amazing!
Ice Fishing in Stoughton
When our lakes freeze over and the hills are covered in snow, it’s time to get out on the ice! Take your gear to Stoughton for ice fishing on Lake Kegonsa, where savvy fishers are known to catch everything from muskie to bass, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill.
Warm up: Wendigo
Pop into Stoughton’s Wendigo to warm up and refuel. Fresh food from local farmers, craft beer and artisan cocktails at this Main Street eatery will have you warmed up in no time.
Fat Tire Biking in Cambridge
Want to try winter biking? CamRock County Park is the place to go! Located in eastern Dane County along the Koshkonong Creek, the 422 acre park boasts extensive mountain bike trails perfect for those looking to try out a fat tire bike – rentals area also available.
Warm Up: CamRock Café & Sport
Located at the head of the park, stop by CamRock Café for a healthy snack or sandwich, coffee drink or one of their 100+ craft beers. The spot is also popular for yoga and biking classes.
Hiking in Blue Mounds
For a fun winter hike, hit the 20+ miles of trails at Blue Mound State Park. Located atop the largest hill in southern Wisconsin, the park boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding Driftless Area—and some say you can see as far as Illinois.
Warm Up: Telsaan Tea
Warm up with a cup of tea from Telsaan, an impressive tea shop located on Mount Horeb’s Trollway. With over 140 loose leaf tea varieties – and a bookcase filled with board games – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Downhill Skiing in Merrimac
In need of a winter getaway? Spend the weekend at Devil’s Head Ski Resort, a full-service resort tucked away in the heart of the Baraboo bluffs. Devil’s Head has become a preferred ski area for Midwestern skiers and snowboarders, with 30 scenic runs perfect for intermediate skiers.
Warm-Up: Devil’s Head Resort Area
After hitting the slopes, take your pick from the five restaurants located on-site at Devil’s Head Resort
Browse visitmadison.com to find more winter activities in Greater Madison.