Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Explore the winter wonderland of greater Wausau through the thrill of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. With three fantastic trail systems catering to all skill levels, there's something for everyone to enjoy. For those new to the sport, try the Ringle Trail, where classical skiing moves across gently rolling terrain. Intermediate enthusiasts can embark on the adventure of the Big Eau Pleine Park Trail, a scenic route tracing the Eau Pleine Reservoir, featuring a captivating blend of rolling hills and wooded landscapes. These trails are also open for fat tire biking and winter hiking, so the tracks are more backcountry XC skiing style. Seeking the ultimate experience? Head to the Nine Mile County Forest and Recreation Area, boasting a top-notch facility with 33 km of diverse trails, including illuminated paths for nighttime XC skiing. They also maintain groomed snowshoe trails and allow snowshoeing in the woods. Passes are required at Nine Mile and can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person. 

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Park Name Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area Big Eau Pleine Park Ringle Marsh
Difficulty Beginner to Expert Beginner to Intermediate Beginner
Length 20 Miles (33km) 7 Miles (11km) 3.4 Miles (5.5km)
Grooming Frequently groomed 8' wide skating lane and machine-set double tracks Not groomed Not groomed
Location Exit 183 from 1-39/US-51.
West on CTH N, 3.4 miles to Red Bud Rd.
Exit 179 from I-39/US-51.
West on STH 153, 7.5 miles South on Big Eau Pleine Rd.
STH 29 east of Wausau. North on HWY O, east on Poplar Lane 1.2 miles
Hours Mon 9am-7pm*
Tue-Thu 9am-9pm
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 8am-9pm
Sun 8am-5pm*
*6pm after 1st weekend in February
Sunrise to Sunset Sunrise to Sunset
Costs Fee Donation Donation

For more trails, view the listings below. If you need gear, check out Shepherd and Schaller or onsite at Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area.