Your web browser is out of date. Update your browser for more security, speed and the best experience on this site

4 fun reasons to visit Vilas County this winter


  • Article
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Events
  • Lodging
  • Parks & Natural Areas
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trails
  • Winter

Find outstanding options for outdoor recreation, fun events, great places to stay, and stunning scenery in Vilas County this winter.

Snowshoer with dog points to winter forest

Winter is a great time for a getaway to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, as visitors to Vilas County will find outstanding options for outdoor recreation, fun winter events, great places to stay, and stunning scenery. Here’s a closer look at why you should visit Vilas County this winter.

Great recreational trails

Vilas County is home to dozens of scenic multi-use trails that can be used all year long, whether you’re skiing and snowshoeing in the winter or hiking or biking in spring, summer, and fall. Explore popular trails like the Three Eagle Trail or the Lumberjack Trail or head into the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest to find more great trail systems.

Snowmobilers will find more than 700 miles of expertly groomed trails to explore in Vilas County, with connections to thousands more miles of trails throughout northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

See the latest Vilas County snow report here.

And don’t forget to download the Map It Vilas County trails app to help you explore the trails. The free app lets you search for trails by activity, length, location, and other filters, and trail maps will help you navigate your route (even if you don’t have a cell signal).

Unique winter events

Visitors to Vilas County can find fun, family-friendly events all year round, and winter is no exception. Vilas County’s communities are home to popular events that attract visitors year after year, like the USA Pond Hockey National Championship in Eagle River, Conover’s Northwoods Blizzard Blast, and the Hiller Radar Runs snowmobiling event in St. Germain.

See more details and find more events on our event calendar.

Cozy lodging options

Another thing you’re sure to find in Vilas County this winter is a great place to stay. Vilas County’s communities have lodging options to fit anyone’s needs, from classic Northwoods cabins and resorts to modern hotels and vacation homes. Find places to stay in Vilas County by following the links below:

Stunning winter scenery

You may have been here in summer or fall to see the sights, but winter in Vilas County has got some eye-catching scenery of its own. Trek along trails that pass through the snow-covered forests of the Northwoods or take in a winter sunset over one of Vilas County’s 1,300 lakes.