5 Snow-filled Adventures to Help You Embrace Winter

January 17, 2020

Since Whitewater is surrounded by gorgeous parks, natural areas, and state forest, you have a variety of places to explore during all four seasons. But there’s nothing quite like exploring in the winter. Bundle up in all of your snow gear and try out one of these 5 activities for some snowy fun with friends or loved ones.

1. Sledding at Trippe Lake Park

“Killer Hill” at Trippe Lake Park in Whitewater, WI
Trippe Lake Park is home to one of the largest hills (known as “Killer Hill”) in Whitewater. At the top, you get a beautiful view of downtown Whitewater across from Cravath Lake before you throw yourself onto a sled and descend. Thrilling and a good work out when you have to trek back up to the top!

2. Snowshoeing Natureland Park

Spring-fed Creek of Natureland Park in Whitewater, WI
Like a more leisurely winter activity? Head over to Quiet Hut Sports on Main Street in downtown Whitewater and rent snowshoes to take with you over to Natureland Park. You will find that the park is never packed and that you’re wandering through a little slice of heaven. With 4 trails to choose from through a variety of terrain, you’ll enjoy an afternoon of peacefulness.

3. Cross-country Skiing the John Muir, Nordic, & Emma Carlin Trail Systems of the Kettle Moraine State Forest

Nordic Trail Pines in Whitewater, WI
The Kettle Moraine State Forest is a site to behold in the winter, whether because of snow-filled pine forests or old growth bare oaks and hickories. Pop into Backyard Bikes in LaGrange to rent skis and head out onto the trails for a break from cars and city noise. The trails offer a variety of experience levels so you can ski with minimal effort on flat terrain or challenge yourself on tougher trails that offer more slopes.

4. Snowmobiling the Whitewater Countryside

Snowmobile Markings Along Hwy 89 Whitewater
State forest not only surrounds Whitewater but vast stretches of countryside perfect for cruising on snowmobiles. Thus, trails are marked along Hwys 89 and 12 and often well-loved, so you can’t miss them. If you have questions, there’s a group of avid snowmobilers in the area who could likely answer your questions. Since this activity requires that you have your own snowmobile, if you don’t have one, give a wink, wink nudge, nudge to a friend who does, and then get out there and ride free. It’s an exhilaration you won’t soon forget.

5. Hiking the Ice Age Trail from Clover Valley Rd Trailhead to Hwy 12

Clover Valley Rd. Trailhead for IAT in Whitewater, WI
Looking for something free to fulfill an afternoon enjoying winter’s beauty? Throw on your snow boots and head to the Ice Age Trailhead off Clover Valley Rd for tromping in the snow on a 7mi trail. If you’ve already hiked this trail in the summer or fall, take pleasure in noticing the differences between seasons. 
Whichever activity you choose, be safe, wear appropriate gear, and stay warm! Happy wintering!