52+ Winter Hikes to Walk, Snowshoe or Ski with Kids

Winter walking trails on the Fox River Trail in Appleton
Hydroelectric Heritage Trailway, Appleton

Whether you are looking for walking, hiking, snowshoeing or skiing, there are lots of options for exploring this winter about 1.5 hours or less from the Fox Valley!

Trail Profiles can be found in these articles:

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15 Wisconsin State Parks Organized by Distance from Appleton (Less than 2 hours from Appleton)

  • High Cliff State Park, Sherwood
    • Trails for all skill levels from 0.4 to 3.4 miles. Snowshoeing allowed on all trails except those designated for cross-country skiing.
  • Lost Dauphin State Park, De Pere
    • Small park with rolling hiking trails. No admission sticker required for entrance.
  • Heritage Hill State Park, Allouez
    • Walkthrough this outdoor museum including structures from Wisconsin as far back as 1762. Individual admission fees for entrance.
  • Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca
    • 10 miles of varied trails in the park, from flat and 1 mile long to 4.87 miles of hiking trail. Snowshoeing allowed on 3.5 miles of trails snowshoeing and off-trail hiking allowed anywhere other than the 6 miles of groomed cross-country trails. 
  • Copper Culture State Park, Oconto 
    • Walking throughout the park and along the Octono River available. No admission sticker required. 
  • Point Beach State Forest, Two Rivers
    • 17 miles of hiking trails from a half mile to 7 miles long. 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline available to explore.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake Unit, Hartford 
    • Endless miles of hiking trails to explore! 
  • Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay
    • Three designated trails for winter hiking and snowshoeing from 0.5 to 1 mile.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan 
    • Hiking and snowshoeing trails from 1 – 2.5 miles, boardwalk and shoreline for exploring. 
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek 
    • Six miles of designated hiking and snowshoeing trails. Bonus! Sledding and tubing available on the number 17 fairway at the golf course.
  • Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium 
    • Hiking trails and shoreline to explore. Designated groomed cross-country trails not open for hiking or snowshoeing.
  • Roche-A-Cri State Park, Friendship 
    • Winter hiking and snowshoeing on more than 6 miles of trails. Main entrance closed in winter, use the parking lot on the north side of Czech Avenue, west of Hwy 13.
  • Buckhorn State Park, Necedah 
    • Snowshoes available, avoid trails groomed for cross country skiing.  
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Baraboo 
    • Over 19 miles of hiking trails, snowshoeing and hiking allowed off trails designated for cross-country skiing. 
  • Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo
    • 29 miles of trails are open but not maintained through the winter. The Steinke Basin Loop trail is periodically packed for easier hiking. Snowshoeing allowed anywhere in the park, avoid bluffs.
1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
1000 Islands Nature, Kaukauna

Winter Hiking

  1. 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna 
  2. Apple Creek Trail / Thrivent Trail, Appleton
  3. Baird Creek, Green Bay
  4. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay
  5. Bubolz Nature Preserve, Grand Chute
  6. Brillion Nature Center, Brillion
  7. Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve (Apple Creek YMCA), Appleton
  8. Cave Point County Park, 5360 Schauer Rd, Sturgeon Bay
  9. Casaloma Conservancy, Grand Chute
  10. CE Trail, Kimberly
Fonferek Glen Green Bay
Fonferek Glen, Green Bay
  1. Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo 
  2. Fonferek Glen, Green Bay
  3. Fox Cities Trestle Trail, Neenah / Menasha / Fox Crossing
  4. Fox River Trail, Green Bay / De Pere
  5. Fox Valley Technical College, Grand Chute
  6. Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay
  7. Heckrodt Nature Preserve, Menasha
  8. Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca
  9. Heritage Parkway Trail, Little Chute
  10. High Cliff State Park, Sherwood
Hydroelectric Heritage Trailway, Appleton
Hydroelectric Heritage Trailway, Appleton
  1. Hydroelectric Heritage Trailway, Appleton
  2. Horicon Marsh, Horicon
  3. Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola* – groomed cross country ski trails
  4. Ken Euers Nature Area, Green Bay
  5. Kohler-Andrae State Park*
  6. Ledgeview Nature Center, Chilton
  7. Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Grafton – bring your sled!
  8. L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, Suamico
  9. Maribel Caves County Park, Maribel
  10. Mascoutin Valley State Park Trail, Rosendale
mosquito hill new london
Mosquito Hill, New London
  1. Meadowbrook Trail, Howard
  2. Memorial Park, Appleton
  3. Menominee Shoreline Trail to Menominee Park, Oshkosh
  4. Mountain Bay State Trail, Howard
  5. Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London
  6. Navarino Nature Center, Shiocton
  7. Newberry Trail, Appleton
  8. North Island Trail, Appleton
  9. Old Stone Bridge Trail, Grand Chute
  10. Osprey Point, De Pere
  11. Pamperin Park, Green Bay
  12. Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek*
  13. Plamann Park, Appleton
  14. Point Beach State Park*
  15. Prairie Hill Park, Grand Chute
  16. Reid Golf Course, Appleton
  17. Riverview Gardens, Appleton
  18. Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point
  19. Sheldon Nature Trail, Oshkosh
  20. Stevens Point Sculpture Park and the Green Circle, Steven Point
  21. Terrell’s Island, Omro
  22. UW-Green Bay Arboretum Trail, Green Bay
  23. Waukau Creek Nature Preserve, Waukau
  24. Whitefish Dunes State Park*
  25. Wiouwash State Trail

* may have an entrance fee or suggested donation

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