Time to bundle up and get outside before the cold temps hit! Here are 5 of our favorite places to go hiking in the winter.
- Picnic Point – The scenery at picnic point is on point (pun intended) year-round. The mile-long peninsula offers beautiful scenery and a great view of Lake Mendota and the Capitol.
2. Cherokee Marsh – The north unit offers a variety of trails and boardwalks for visits to enjoy some hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Entry is free all year round.
3. UW-Arboretum – The Arboretum offers 17 miles of trails for visitors to explore the land, 10 of which are designated specifically for snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. The Arboretum also offers frequent night and day group walks for a small fee.
4. Ice Age Trail – The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that crosses through 30 counties in Wisconsin. The trail is open for hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing year round and many segments support cross-country skiing as well.
5. Capital Springs State Recreation Area – The 2,500 acres is home to a variety of quality natural landscapes, such as oak savanna, prairie, mixed woodland, wetlands and contiguous cattail marsh. The area is open year round and offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors.