Trail Details

Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails

Brandt Pines Ski Trail

Grantsburg, Wis.

Trail Options:   Gentle to moderately rolling trails through woodlands.

Trail Description: These trails were designed and constructed specifically for cross-country skiers in mind. However, the trails are also used by backpackers and hikers in the summer months.

Ownership: Wisconsin DNR-Governor Knowles State Forest

Management: Wisconsin DNR

Facilities: Parking

Fees: None. Skiers are requested to register/sign-in at the trailhead

Info: 715/ 463-2898


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Trail Location


From Grantsburg drive 1 ? miles west on Highway 70. Turn right/north at Larsen Rd. and drive 6 miles to the trailhead.

Turn-by-Turn Directions Driving Directions to Brandt Pines Ski Trail

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.