If the [Snow] Shoe Fits

Heading out on foot into freshly fallen snow is just the thing to make you fall in love with winter again. Snowshoeing is a great workout that doesn’t require technical skill; it can also be a relaxing way to explore Wisconsin’s beautiful places and spaces touched by winter.

All you need are snowshoes, trekking poles (which you can buy or rent at places like Solstice Outdoors in Ashland) and some warm winter ware. From there, you’re ready to hit the trails. Unless specifically marked and groomed for another use, most snowshoe trails are open and ready for snowshoers. Here are a few we’d recommend:

Oak Island Ice Caves
Uncover Wisconsin’s hidden gems while snowshoeing.

Governor Knowles State Forest — Grantsburg
Nestled in Polk and Rusk Counties, you couldn’t ask for more trail variety. Skill levels range from the 0.5-mile easy Cedar Interpretive Trail to a difficult 9-mile trek on the Benson Brook Segment of the South Trail. If you love wildlife, there’s a strong chance you’ll see sharp-tailed grouse, bald eagles, gophers, mink and muskrat on your hike.

Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest — Boulder Junction
This 225,000-acre forest makes for a snowshoer’s dream. Explore Fallison, Star Lake, Lumberjack or North Trout Lake trails with distances ranging from 0.5-12 miles. Birdwatchers will appreciate the location: A total of 244 bird species have been spotted here — that’s more than half of all species recorded in Wisconsin!

Peninsula State Park — Fish Creek
A prime spot for beginners, this state park in Door County offers trails from 0.5-2.2 miles. Snowmobiles are off limits at Sunset Trail (2.2 miles), which makes it an especially safe place to start.

St. Peter’s Dome — Mellen, WI
The trails at St. Peter’s Dome are all about the views. A 3.6-mile difficult round-trip hike will take you through 1,600 feet in elevation. On a clear day you can see Lake Superior, which is more than 20 miles north. You’ll also see a 70-foot high waterfall, Morgan Falls.

For more places to hit the trails, visit TravelWisconsin.com. While you’re there check our Snow Conditions Report. Updated weekly it shows the best placed to snowshoe in Wisconsin along with nearby dining, attractions and accommodations.

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