When searching for the best places to go snowshoeing in Wisconsin, the Driftless Area should be at the top of your list! With snow-covered landscapes, frozen lakes, enchanting forests, and ice caves, you’ll just have to come see it for yourself. So what are you waiting for? Strap on your snowshoes, grab your camera, and come explore winter wonderland!
After a fun day snowshoeing in Wisconsin, you’ll want to warm up with a hot meal at one of the nearby restaurants. Be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of area attractions. It’s full of recommendations about the best dining, entertainment, and activities in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin!
4 of the Best Places to Go Snowshoeing in Wisconsin
Bundle up! One of the best ways to explore our beautiful region is on a pair of snowshoes. It’s a great way to get some exercise while taking in all of the sights this winter. We’ve put together a list of our favorite places to go snowshoeing in Wisconsin. The best part is that all of them are less than a 30-minute drive away — practically right in our own backyard!
- The Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Situated on nearly 9,000 acres in La Farge, WI, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve is ideal for your snowshoeing adventure. One of the biggest draws to the area is the hidden ice caves. Whether you explore them on your own or take a guided tour, they are a must-see! You can check out the Reserve’s calendar for a list of upcoming Ice Cave Hikes.
There aren’t designated or groomed snowshoe trails at the Reserve, but that’s what makes the area so much fun to explore! Take the path less traveled and forge your own way into the snowy landscape. Just make sure to avoid the snowmobile and cross-country trails when you go.
- Wildcat Mountain State Park
Wildcat Mountain State Park is another one of our favorites! Head over to Old Settler’s Trail and enjoy the scenic views while you snowshoe along the 2.5-mile loop. The park is also a popular destination for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. It’s open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center
With 400 acres and 9 miles of snowshoe trails, come venture into a world of excitement at Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center! The trails take you past pine plantations, frozen creeks and springs, and large valley floors. When you arrive, be sure to check in and pick up a map at Thrune’s Visitor Center. We recommend calling ahead during the winter months, as their hours may change due to weather.
Norskedalen also hosts an amazing Candlelight Snowshoe Hike each winter! Held in February, the hike is a Driftless Area tradition. There’s nothing quite as magical as the sparkling, snow-covered trails illuminated by candlelight.
- Elroy Sparta Bike Trail
Recognized as the first rails-to-trails conversion in the country, The Elroy Sparta Bike Trail offers tons of winter fun! Visitors and locals alike come out during the colder months to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and even skijoring! You can enjoy 32 miles of trails and unbeatable views when you visit. Although the trails are not groomed, they are level and easy to walk along.
Snowshoe on Over to the Westby House Inn
After a fun day in winter wonderland, come warm up at Westby House Inn! Our inn is nearby all of the best attractions in La Crosse, Viroqua, and Westby. Choose one of our rooms with a double whirlpool tub or curl up next to your in-room fireplace with a good book. No matter which of our accommodations you choose, we promise your stay will be a relaxing one.
Each morning, you can enjoy the comfort of a hot gourmet breakfast to send you on your way. We also offer a variety of seasonal packages and specials to enhance your vacation. So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your stay today! We will keep the mugs of cocoa hot for you!