Exploring the Kettle Moraine

Published: January 14, 2015

Just minutes from West Bend is the 30,000-acre Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Contoured by glaciers some 20,000 years ago, the forest is hilly, with kettles, kames and eskers ready to be explored.

In winter, the scenery is absolutely stunning with snow-covered pine and spruce trees. Glide along 25 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails at the Greenbush recreation area, with one loop lighted for night skiing and 11 miles of trails in the Zillmer area. Explore miles of snowshoeing trails, including the Parnell Trail, which leads you to a 60-foot observation tower with an amazing birds-eye view of the forest. Drop a line one of the many lakes and reel in the big one or hop on a sled and snowmobile nearly 60 miles of groomed trails.

Any way you choose to explore this pristine area, you’re sure to love it. And be sure to return in the summer for fishing, swimming, boating and hiking!

Find out about more West Bend area trails here.