Make tracks

Middleton is home to some of the area’s best cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.

At Pleasant View Golf Course, trails are groomed for both skating and diagonal striding, Mondays and Fridays, weather permitting. Skiing hours are 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Always check in to ensure that trails are open, here. Try out one of the four loop trails, with varying degrees of difficulty, and lengths up to 2.5 miles. The trails are free to use and the clubhouse is available as a warming house on Sundays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Snowshoers and fatbikers are also welcome on designated trails (snow permitting) — and not permitted on ski trails. View their ski map here.

The 510-acre Pheasant Branch Conservancy is another great spot for a snowshoe stroll. Take the trail up Frederick’s Hill and enjoy expansive views – you can even see the state Capitol. Even in winter, the wildlife here is abundant and the variety of terrain makes for an interesting hike.

Just a short drive from Middleton, Governor Nelson State Park is home to 8.4 miles of hiking trails that convert to easy to moderate cross-country ski trails in the winter. A day pass for a Wisconsin resident is just $8.