North of Nashwauk in the George Washington State Forest, the Thistledew Lake trail system has 20km of cross-country ski trails.
The trailhead is at NFS Thistledew Campground. To reach the campground from Nashwauk, head north on SR65 for 27 miles. Turn northwest on Thistledew Trail for 3.5 miles.
Overall, Thistledew Lake is the 26th most popular cross country ski area of all 39 Nordic ski destinations in Minnesota.