Oneida County’s top trail systems

Cross-County skiers in Oneida County are treated to plentiful options. There are 17 trail systems open to the public, including trails that are suitable for beginners, casual skiers and seasoned racers. While there are some short options good for families and first-timers there are also longer trails that provide hours of fun. Here’s a guide to some of Oneida County’s largest trail systems.

Cassian County Two-Way Trail

Trail length: 18 miles

This north-south trail in the Town of Cassian features easy terrain that’s groomed for classic-style skiing. It’s located 5.5 miles west of Hwy. 47 on Hwy. K. There’s also a new trailhead on the north end of the trail at 5332 Beaver Lake Road.

McNaughton Trail

Trail length: 13 miles

This trail features a variety of looping options and is groomed for skate and classic-style skiing. You’ll find a trailhead with parking off Kildare Road south of Lake Tomahawk.

Minocqua Winter Park

Trail Length: 75 miles

One of the county’s best-known trail systems is also the longest in the county. It’s popular with competitive skiers as well as families and beginners. The expansive, carefully groomed trails make this a destination worth visiting. On-site amenities include a chalet serving food, a rental shop, tubing hill and skating rink. You’ll find the park west of Minocqua, off Squirrel Lake Road.

Washburn Lake Trail

Trail Length: 15 miles

If you’re a cross-country skier looking for hills, you’ll find them on this trail system. The terrain at here can offer a challenging workout, so it’s a favorite training spot for ski racers. It’s groomed for skating and classic skiing, and there are also some loops good for beginners. The trail is located about seven miles west of Rhinelander, just off Washburn Lake Road.

Northwoods Ski Trail

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  • The groomed trails trails are well suited for beginner to intermediate skiers with a
    one-kilometer skate trail on steep hills for the adventurous expert skier
  • Cross country skiing during winter season only
  • Donation contribution box available at trail head, encouraged for daily trail use

Directions: The trailhead is located at Northwoods Golf Course about 2.5 miles west of Rhinelander just off highway 8 on Golf Course Rd.

Minocqua Winter Park

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  • Heated chalet with café, day lodge and indoor waxing area
  • Trails range from beginner to advanced
  • Groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Snowshoeing allowed, on designated trails
  • Trail pass required, can be purchased on-site

Directions: Take Hwy 70 west of Minocqua to Squirrel Lake Rd, then 6 miles south to Scotchman’s Lake Rd, then east to the park.

Washburn Lake Trail

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  • Hilly terrain, intermediate to advanced
  • Separate ski and snowshoe trails
  • Groomed for skating and diagonal skiing
  • Single track bike trails
  • Heated shelter available at Perch Lake trail head
  • Trail pass required for skiing, biking and snowshoeing
  • Pets allowed in summer only

Directions: Seven miles west of Rhinelander and 3 miles north of
Woodboro & Hwy 8, just off Washburn Lake Rd.
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Raven Nature Trail

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  • Moderately hilly, some steep hills
  • Hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing; biking and hiking not allowed in
    winter
  • Trail pass required for skiing and biking
  • Groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Dogs allowed on leash when there is no snow, but NOT allowed on Nature Trail

Directions: Near Clear Lake, north of Minocqua. Take Hwy 47 east for about a mile, then north on Woodruff Rd.

McNaughton Trail

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  • Gentle terrain with very few steep hills
  • Both biking and cross country skiing on entire trail, no hiking or biking in winter
  • Seperate skating and diagonal ski trails
  • Trail pass required for skiing and biking only
  • Dogs allowed on leash when there is no snow on the ground

Directions: Three miles north of Town of McNaughton on Hwy 47, then west on Killdare Rd.