A better winter adventure may be closer than you think. Middleton is a community that offers comfortable lodging, more than 70 restaurants and outstanding shopping, but it’s also a great place for winter recreation. Middleton’s parks and trails win awards for a reason – you’re never far from a beautiful outdoor experience. Here’s a quick guide to some of Middleton’s best winter trails.
Where can I go cross-country skiing in Middleton?
CXC Outdoor Recreation and Sports Center (CXC Center) trails are groomed for both skating and diagonal striding. Facilities are open Dec. 14, 2021 through March 31, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Use of the cross-country ski trail system requires the purchase of a trail pass (December-March only). City of Middleton residents receive a 50 percent discount by purchasing tickets at City Hall or via online. Only cross-country skiing is allowed on the cross-country ski trail system.
Mountain bike trails will remain free on the CXC trails.
Directions to the trailhead and parking: from Highway 14, go south to the end of Schwartz Road, take a right at the end of the Schwartz Road to the CXC Outdoor Recreation and Sports Center access drive. Parking lot located at the end of the access drive. No parking is allowed on the access drive. If parking lot is full, please park along Schwartz Road at the bottom and walk up.
Download a printable map of the cross-country ski trails here.
Snowshoeing is welcome on park and Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails and there will also be a designated snowshoe trail at the CXC Outdoor Recreation & Sports Center (which broke ground fall 2021), located near Pleasant View Golf Course. In order to protect the revitalized prairie landscape in the conservancy, snowshoeing is not allowed off trails and cross-country; it is also not allowed on the golf course.