Winter Trails

Winter is a wonderful time to explore Michigan. The lake effect from the state’s Great Lakes provide plenty of snow, which means months of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and fat tire biking! Whether you are a beginner or an adventurer, Jackson, Michigan has several trails to fit your fancy this winter.


Dahlem Conservancy is the best spot for families and the more advanced enthusiast. Each stride along the five-mile trail provides something new to see. Spot birds in the trees, deer in the prairie, and fish in the ponds. The first part of the trail consists of flat looping paths. This is perfect for children and to get your bearings before venturing to the more difficult parts. As you get past the first few miles, you’ll be faced with hills that may provide some challenge. You’ll also get to experience more of what makes the Dahlem snowshoeing trail unique, like the boardwalks that take you across the ponds.  

Snowshoe Trails:

Cross Country Skiing

The Falling Waters Trail is for skiers looking for a long smooth route. The 10.5-mile trail is linear, so you can enjoy your ski with very limited interruption from cross paths. The rural path allows you to experience the beauty of Jackson in the winter months. You’ll ski along several bodies of water, including the North Branch Kalamazoo River and the turquoise waters of Lime Lake.  

Cross Country Skiing Trails:

Fat Tire Biking

What’s more fun than going for an adventure on a snowy trail? Hit the DTE Energy Foundation Trail at the Waterloo Recreational Area – the lower peninsula’s largest state park. Experience the refreshing winter view of iced over lakes and snow-tipped pines along the snow-covered dirt trail. This trail is mighty, allowing riders to get some air on hills if desired!

Fat Tire Biking Trails:

Get Your Free Guide to Jackson’s Trails

For maps and more information about each trail get our free Jackson, Michigan trail guides! They are the best way to choose your adventure and to find fun things to do near each trail. For snowshoeing see the hiking trails guide, for cross country skiing see the running trails guide, and for fat tire biking see the mountain biking trails guide.

Find information about purchasing a DNR elicense here.

Also from the DNR: Explore MI Outdoors


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