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Want to see some of northern Wisconsin's best winter scenery? Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore Vilas County's incredible trails.

Snowshoeing in the Awassa Nature Preserve in Vilas County, WI.

See the latest Vilas County snowshoe trail conditions here.

The most versatile way to explore the Vilas County wilderness is also the simplest. Snowshoeing, a low-cost activity that’s easy to learn, will help you access the beauty of northern Wisconsin’s forests in the heart of winter.

Snowshoeing is a great activity, and great exercise for people of all ages. It’s a lot of fun for families, couples and groups of friends but it’s also something you can do on your own. Snowshoers are never alone in the forest; it’s such a quiet activity, wildlife will never hear you coming. On any outing, you might see a variety of beautiful birds and woodland creatures.

The county is home to miles of trails that you can find with the free Map It Vilas County trails app, which will help you navigate our trails—even if your cellphone can’t pick up a signal.

It’s a bit more work, and can be a bit more of an adventure, but many people choose to make their own tracks in Vilas County. With more than 240,000 acres of public forests to explore, it’s easy to capture a true wilderness experience in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. You’ll be able to access places like swamps that would be inaccessible other times of the year, and you can even cross frozen lakes—just be sure there is adequate ice.

At the end of the trail you’ll find plenty of places to relax and warm up, including cozy restaurants and brew pubs.

Plan your Vilas County snowshoeing adventure today!


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