Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails
Aldo Leopold Land Stewardship Trail
Trail Options: A one-mile trail loops across a meadow and winds through a white pine forest
The Aldo Leopold Land Stewardship Trail traverses two intersecting loops totaling one mile in length through a 42 acre land stewardship sites. It has gravel and boardwalk surfaces and is moderately accessible. A map of the trail can be picked up at trail kiosk. You'll pass by second growth pines, restored wetlands, and a deck overlooking Fish Creek.
The Center's Boardwalk Trail offers great wildlife viewing opportunities of birds, waterfowl, muskrat, frogs and turtles. The trail is open year round and visitors are welcome to walk, snowshoe or cross country ski. The trail has two loops; the north loop and the south loop. The distance around the perimeter is 0.75 mile. The trail is relatively level with a firm surface allowing for easy access for people of all abilities. The trail winds through mature cedar and black ash forests with vistas of sedge meadow and wetland habitats. Benches every 400 feet allow for reflection and relaxed viewing opportunities. Interpretive wayside exhibits tell the story of glacial history, forests, wildlife and wetland habitats. Guided nature walks are offered during the summer months. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week.
Ownership: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Management: US Fish & Wildlife Service
No Trail Map Available (See Map below)
|From Ashland, drive 2.5 miles west on US Hwy 2 and turn right (east) on county Hwy G. Travel 100 feet and turn right (north) to the Visitor Center parking area. A parking lot is located opposite of Terwilliger Road on County G.|
Landmark dates in the history of Nordic Trails in northwest Wisconsin include 1975 when the United States Cross Country Ski Team including Bill Koch — who would later go on to win a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics – came to Telemark to train, 1978 when the first World Cup cross country ski races were held on the Telemark Trails, and also that year the Worldloppet League, an affiliation of international cross country ski marathons, was formed by Tony Wise at Telemark.
After an auspicious beginning, it wasn’t long before the landscape was dotted with Nordic Trails of all sizes and descriptions, most of which continue to offer pleasant and challenging cross country skiing opportunities today.