Grab the 'shoes and leave some snowy tracks

Beaver Creek Reserve

S1 Cty Hwy K, Fall Creek

A few minutes in your car and you can spend an entire afternoon in the quiet beauty of the woods. Beaver Creek Reserve has a number of wooded, groomed trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Rental equipment is available there, as well.

Cross-Country Skiing Snowshoeing

Brunet Island State Park

23125 255th St., Cornell

There are more than eight miles of hiking trail in this state park, and they are perfect for showshoers in the winter. In addition, there are 4.3 miles of trail groom for classic-style cross-country skiing only. Park admission sticker required.


Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

13394 County Highway M, New Auburn

While not groomed, they are open to snowshoeing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Three self-guided trails beginning at the interpretive center will give you a look at kettle lakes, hummocks, and other glacial features. Vehicle admission stickers are required.


Guettinger Woods & Wildlife Area

Sandberg Road off Highway 37, Eau Claire

This little-known Eau Claire County Park has been called a “hidden gem.” You’ll find it about seven miles southwest of Eau Claire in the town of Brunswick. The 123 acres are open for snowshoeing, hiking, and wildlife watching, although there are no groomed trails.


Hickory Ridge Trail

225th Avenue, Bloomer

A 5K multiuse snowshoe and mountain-bike trail circles what is dubbed the “Great Swamp,” offering great views of scenery and wildlife. The Friends of Hickory Ridge also groom 27 kilometers (about 17 miles) of cross-country ski trails for both traditional and skating-style skiers. No dogs allowed.


Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - Winter

730th Ave., Colfax

Don’t overlook the 707 acres of preserved and restored wooded hills, wetlands, and prairie, scribbled with cross-country ski trails for all levels. Glide through the snow while feasting your eyes on spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Vehicle admission stickers aren’t required, but all skiers over 16 years of age must have a state trail pass.

Cross-Country Skiing Snowshoeing

Lake Wissota State Park

18127 County Highway O, Chippewa Falls

The 1,000-acre state park on the shore of Lake Wissota includes 10 miles of snowshoeing trails.


Lowes Creek County Park

S. Lowes Creek Rd., Eau Claire

Just minutes south of Eau Claire, experience 250 acres of cross-country ski, snowshoe, and pet walking bliss. The two-way trail system separates skiers from snowshoers, and has many loops and shortcuts giving you a wide selection of route variety…

Cross-Country Skiing Snowshoeing

Tower Ridge

955 S82 Ave., Eau Claire

Don’t let the mounds of snow keep you from exercising; Tower Ridge is a great place to enjoy the snow and workout. There are hilly and flat groomed trails for all levels. There are about 3 kilometers of lighted trails and a warming shelter that…