Cross-country skiers and snowshoers don't need expensive resorts to indulge their passion. One of the best places to hit the trail is on a national wildlife refuge. "A lot of them are off the beaten track and they wouldn't be places people would think about visiting outside the local community," says Nathan Caldwell , the national trails coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the National Wildlife Refuge System. He shares some favorite sites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. Snow conditions vary by season, so check before going.
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
More than nine miles of groomed trails wind through hardwood forests of sugar maple, beech and yellow birch in this Upper Peninsula park. The routes, rated easy to most difficult, are forgiving. "It's not a lot of advanced terrain so it's good for beginners," Caldwell says. 906-586-9851; fws.gov/midwest/seney/
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Skiers at this Upstate New York park between Rochester and Buffalo can see otters and bald eagles while exploring a 7.5 mile designated Nordic trail, or a 2.5 mile hiking trail. Both are ungroomed and welcome snowshoers through February, after which part of the area's closed through July for nesting migratory birds.585-948-5445; fws.gov/northeast/iroquois/
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
The bluffs of the Mississippi River make great terrain for snow lovers. The refuge offers free snowshoes on site, and also provides ski and snowshoe tours on select days throughout the season. Ungroomed runs cover about four miles, and connect with state and local trails. "You can ski this as part of a loop," Caldwell says. 608-539-2311; fws.gov/midwest/trempealeau/
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
You'll find 31 miles of ungroomed trails, plus another 10 miles of groomed routes maintained by the privately owned White Grass Ski Touring Center. The facility has a restaurant, ski rentals and instruction, and offers the opportunity to try demanding terrain in a former downhill ski area. With an elevation of about 4,000 feet, there's usually good snow. "You get on some of the ridge tops and you get some pretty wild views," Caldwell says. 304-866-3858; fws.gov/canaanvalley/
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
You won't find many tourists at this park near Kennebunkport, but you may encounter moose, mallards and Canada geese. The refuge offers about five miles of ungroomed trails. "It's where the locals might ski. You're not going to have a lot of competition out there," Caldwell says. 207-646-9226; fws.gov/northeast/rachelcarson/
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
North Dakota has more refuges than any other state, and this one, with its sweeping prairie views is one of the prettiest. Hard-core skiers will head out in the dead of winter, but Caldwell says March and April are ideal with longer days and higher temperatures. The park, near Minot, has about nine miles of ungroomed trails. "Not too many people are out touring that part of the country. If you can say you've skied Des Lacs, you've done something," Caldwell says. 701-385-4046; fws.gov/jclarksalyer/deslacs/
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
Magnificent tundra swans winter at this refuge near the Canadian border. "They are really impressive, with long necks and a really interesting call," Caldwell says. Skiers can choose from two mostly flat ungroomed refuge trails. There's also an auto-tour route.208-267-3888; fws.gov/kootenai/
Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
With roads closed to all vehicles (including snowmobiles) through mid-April, skiers have the run of this rolling park about an hour from Spokane. "It's mostly upland and wooded. You're going to have an experience very much like skiing in a forest," Caldwell says. The 12-mile ungroomed auto-tour route makes for a good day's outing, he adds. 509-684-8384; fws.gov/littlependoreille
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Six ungroomed trails cut through boreal forest and across frozen wetlands. About three hours from Anchorage on a major highway, the park offers a wilderness experience with the possibility of seeing moose, lynx, coyotes and bald eagles. "It's a real out-there adventure," Caldwell says. "It's one of our most scenic refuges, even by Alaska standards." 907-262-7021; kenai.fws.gov
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Skiers can take light rail from downtown Minneapolis to this urban refuge located just a few miles from the Mall of America. The ungroomed routes, which cross frozen flood plain inaccessible during warmer months, link up with state and regional paths, creating a trail network of about 100 miles. You can even borrow snowshoes without charge from the Rapids Lake and Bloomington Ferry unit visitor centers. 952-854-5900;fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalley
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