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Grab the 'shoes and leave some snowy tracks

Beaver Creek Reserve

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…

S1 Cty Hwy K
Fall Creek
 (715) 877-2212

Blue Hills

If you don’t mind a short drive (about an hour and a half from Eau Claire), check out the Blue Hills winter sports area, named for the blue-tinted forested hillsides when seen through the mist. There are tons of super sweet trails to…

Between Rusk County and Rice Lake

Brunet Island State Park

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…

23125 255th St.
 (715) 239-6888

Guettinger Woods & Wildlife Area

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…

Sandberg Road off Highway 37
Eau Claire

 (715) 839-4783

Hickory Ridge Trail

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…

225th Ave. (Bob Lake Rd.)

Lowes Creek County Park

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…

S. Lowes Creek Rd.
Eau Claire
 (715) 839-4738

Tower Ridge

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…

955 S82 Ave.
Eau Claire
 (715) 839-4738