13 of coolest winter hiking destinations in Green Bay, Brown County (including Arboretum)
Cofrin Arboretum and former Shorewood Golf Course, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Trails: With the closure of the 90-year-old Shorewood Golf Course last summer, there’s a new opportunity this winter to enjoy the scenic piece of land on campus. Three miles of groomed cross-country trails on the former 9-hole course go up and down the fairways, onto the greens and between some of the holes. A side track offers a space for hiking, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. Plenty of hills make for intermediate-level skiing.What you’ll see: “What’s nice about being about there is it’s really pretty and really wide open with a bunch of old growth oak and other trees,” said Ethan Harvey, UWGB outdoor adventure recreation coordinator. “One of the things lately is there has been a lot more wildlife since there haven’t been a million people golfing, so I see eagles, hawks, deer, turkeys, all sorts of fun stuff out there.”First-timer tips: The trails are in the early stages and still a work in progress, Harvey said. Signs and a map are still to come. Users can park in the Shorewood Center lot. Users are asked to stick to daylight hours. There is no fee. Skis and snowshoes are available for rent through the UREC Outdoor Adventure Center. More info on rentals at uwgb.edu/urec or call 920-465-2449.Meanwhile, over at the Cofrin Arboretum: The university no longer grooms the trails for snowshoeing or skiing, but the 290-acre natural area that encircles the campus offers a beautiful spot for both with more than 6 miles of trails that wind through forests, prairies, ponds and creeks. Maps and more information at uwgb.edu/biodiversity/natural-areas/arboretum.
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