The Best Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing Spots in {and around} Fairfield County


A family on a snowshoeing trail.Are you looking for a winter activity and an alternative to skiing? Fairfield County boasts some of Connecticut’s best snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. It’s great for all ages, and it’s a good way to stay active and get some extra exercise with the kiddos during the long winter months. Here’s to a snowier winter in Connecticut this year. Enjoy!

Waveny Park {New Canaan}

This expansive park has three miles of running trails and well manicured gardens. It is perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Cranbury Park {Norwalk}

Cranbury Park is a 227-acre park with wooded trails and picturesque views of Gallaher Mansion. There is one flat 1.5-mile loop around a river, making it perfect for a snowshoe.

Randalls Farm Preserve {Easton}

This is a 34-acre preserve with trails and plenty of open space. The area is flat with decent parking.

New Pond Farm {Redding}

The open pastures are a good place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Connecticut Audobon {Fairfield}

Select events include guided snowshoe walks for kids in their sanctuary and snowshoe-making workshops.

Franc Preserve {Bethel}

Franc Preserve has 4.5 miles of groomed and linked trails with meadows, making it a perfect spot for snowshoeing with young kids.

Beyond Fairfield County

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden is more challenging due to the uphill mountain trail hike. You might want to try a local trail before making the longer trip.

Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam has an easy trail system beyond the medieval castle backdrop. They earn extra points for the fantasy-like setting.

White Memorial in Litchfield offers 4,000 acres and a massive trail system. Snowshoeing and hiking here never gets old.

Pratt Nature Center in New Milford has miles of snowshoeing trails, making it perfect for families.

Where are some of your favorite local spots for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing?


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