Anvil Trail Cross Country Skiing

East of Eagle River, the Anvil National Recreation Trail system has 12 miles of groomed loops. This is one of the oldest and most popular cross-country ski trails in the Eagle River area. Trails are groomed for traditional style-skiing as well as ski-skating. Several loops are available over varied terrain from easy to difficult. Originally constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the system has since been expanded and was made part of the National Recreational Trail System in 1978. The Anvil Trail system is adjacent to Anvil Lake Campground and also connects with the Nicolet North Trail system and to the Franklin Lake Campground via a connector trail.

From Eagle River, take State Highway 70 east for 9 miles to Parking Lot #1 on right (south), which can accommodate 20 vehicles. Or take State Highway 70 east 8 miles to Military Road (FR 2178), and turn right (south) to Parking Lot #2 on the left (east), which can accommodate 12 vehicles.

Anvil Trail Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  CNF (715) 634-4821; Cable Visitors (800) 533-7454; WI Visitors (800) 432-8747; New Moon Ski Shop, Hayward (715) 634-8685; Outdoor Ventures Shop (715) 634-4447.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Bon Nuit L Hotel, Cable (715) 798-3792

Luxury Loding:  Garmish Resort (715) 794-2204; Pilot Fish Inn (715) 798-3477

Breakfast Restaurant:  B&B's Cafe, Cable; Hayward Bakery

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/16/2016

Anvil Trail Cross Country Skiing Map


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