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Cross-Country Skiing - Wood County Parks & Forestry

Single Track Bicycle Trails NOW OPEN!

Effective 10/21/2022 - The Wood County Parks and Forestry Department is excited to announce the opening of the single track bicycle trail system at Powers Bluff County Park. The trail has several different segments, which are designed for a variety of skill levels of riding. Current trail length is approximately 4.5 miles. Additional downhill trail segments will be completed in the Spring of 2023.

Bike Trail Openings
Rules of the Trail
Powers Bluff Trail System Fees
Powers Bluff Park Map
North Wood County Park Interpretive Trails Map

These trails will be open for biking and snowshoeing throughout the year. Trail use is free for the remainder of 2022. Beginning in 2023, there will be a trail free required (see fee information above).

Rock Solid Trail Contracting LLC was awarded the construction bid and did an outstanding job creating the trail system.

Parking for the trail system is at the Powers Bluff Hwy N Trailhead Parking Lot, 7141 County Hwy N, Arpin, WI 54410. Due to the cultural and environmental sensitive areas within the park, users must abide by all signage and stay on approved trails.

In addition to the bike trails, future trail construction projects will include a 3 mile multi-use trail and trailhead shelter building.

Cross-Country Skiing Fees

In 1997, Wood County implemented ski trail fees to help offset some of the high cost of grooming cross-country ski trails.

There is a self-registration station at the beginning of each trail. The daily fee is $5.00. Ages seven and under are free. You may purchase an annual pass. An individual annual pass is $20.00 or you can purchase a family annual pass for 3 or more people for $50.00. The family annual pass is for parents and their children age 18 and under.

Please fill out trail pass before entering trail. Place money and yellow trail pass copy in envelope and deposit in box. Keep the manila copy as your receipt while using the trails. If you chose to purchase an annual pass, it will be mailed to you within 7 days.

Please refer to the Multi-Use Trails Permit Policy for more information.

Purchase your Multi-Use Trail Permit Permit here!

Cross-Country Skiing Safety Tips

Skiers should be aware that not all trails are groomed and that those trails that are groomed cannot always be groomed on a regular basis. The quality of the groomed trails also varies depending upon available equipment. Even the best groomed trails can be quickly destroyed by heavy traffic.

Skiers should not ski beyond their abilities by taking more advanced/difficult trails or allowing speed to build up beyond their ability to control their descent. Always leave space between you and other skiers and alert others when passing. If you have questions on trail difficulty, talk to office personnel prior to starting your skiing tour.

Richfield Area Ski Touring Trail

The Richfield Area Trail is located seven miles north of Pittsville on County Trunk Highway A, and then one-half mile east on Heggelund Lane.

The Ski Touring Trail includes a plowed parking lot, a covered starting area with map board and toilet.

The ski touring trail is approximately five miles long. There is also a 2 mile and 1 mile trail marked. It is routed across open fields, through forests and along and across Puff Creek to provide additional scenic value.

The trail was constructed in the fall of 1975 through the fall of 1976, with brushing, bulldozing and leveling of the trail. In 1996, a new bridge was completed on the southwest corner of the property, crossing Puff Creek. This trail is marked and groomed during the winter season.

Overview Map: Richfield 360 Area

Nepco Lake County Park Ski Touring Trail

The Nepco Lake Area Trail is located one-half mile south of Wisconsin Rapids on County Highway Z.

The Nepco Lake County Park Ski Touring Trail includes a plowed parking lot, an information board with map and toilets.

The original trail was constructed in the summer of 1981. In 2007, the Wood County Park and Forestry Department was assisted by the River Cities Nordic Ski Club in planning an expansion of the ski trail. The Ski Club grooms and maintains the trail throughout the season. There is currently a total of 4.4 miles (7.1 km) of trail.

The trails offer a variety of terrain from easy to moderately difficult.

Overview Map: Nepco Lake County Park Ski Trails Map

Powers Bluff County Park Ski Touring Trail

The Powers Bluff Cross Country Ski Trail had significant changes/improvements made in 2018. There is now a trail head located at 7141 County Highway N, Arpin, WI 54410.

This gives skiers access to the new 2 1/2 mile trail which winds through the newly acquired 223 acre property just north of the 160 acre park. There is still an access spur that leads to the top of the hill which is where the shelter building and vault toilets are located.

Hope you enjoy the new trail!

Overview Map: Powers Bluff Park