Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are wonderful ways to get out into a snowy landscape while enjoying nature with the kids. Both of these activities allow you to see areas that otherwise you wouldn't be exposed to. It's a great form of exercise and creates a sense of adventure. In Litchfield County there are many beautiful areas to snowshoe and cross country ski. Make sure to bring water and a snack and to always stay on the trail. Wearing layers is a good idea too, since you can work up quite a sweat once you get going. We've also featured great places for snowshoeing and cross country skiing in Hartford and Fairfield Counties.
Pratt Nature Center
A year-round resource where you can spend time enjoying the joys of nature in a carefully maintained environment. Miles of trails for snowshoeing are perfect for a family outing.
163 Papermill Road, New Milford 860.355.3137
American Legion and People’s State Forest
There are several tranquil trails here, including the Agnes Bowen Trail (Orange) which is a traditional 1930's ski trail. Distance is 2.5 miles. Be prepared to see snowmobilers in this park too.
East River Road, Barkhamsted 860.424.3200
Topsmead State Forest
Topsmead was once a private estate which becomes a winter wonderland when covered in snow. Gates open at 8 am and close at sunset all year round.
Buell Road, Litchfield 860.567.5694
White Memorial Conservation Center
With more than 35 miles of hiking trails on 4,000 acres, White Memorial has many pathways for skiing and snowshoeing.
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield 860.567.0857
Macedonia Brook State Park
This park is set on 2,300 acres with views of the Taconic and Catskill Mountains. There are many trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.
Route 341, Kent 860.927.3238
Mohawk Mountain State Park
Besides offering downhill skiing, Mohawk Mountain has cross country skiing and snowshoe trails as well. You can even snow shoe up the mountain under the ski lifts.
46 Great Hollow Road, Cornwall, 800.895.5222
Originally published 1/16/2013.