Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Hildene is an historic home built in 1905 by President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's son, Robert, as a summer residence. The Welcome Center, The Museum Store, Pullman Car, Farms, House and exhibits are open year-round 9:30 to 4:30* (*please see hours and admissions page for updated info on visiting - Hildene is currently open 5 days per week, 10am - 4pm, due to COVID-19 protocols). In the winter months, the Pavilion adjacent to the Welcome Center houses cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals. Our approximately 12 miles of walking trails on the estate become ski trails with varying levels of difficulty. We offer ski and snowshoe rentals for children and adults. Please be aware that we are not a Nordic Center and most of our trails are natural and ungroomed.

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Our ski season typically runs from mid-December to mid-March 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, weather permitting. Our Pavilion will open for rentals, for the 20/21 winter season, on Sunday, December 27th, 2020.


Adult Admission $23.00

Youth Admission $6.00

Ski Rental Package $15.00

Snowshoe Rental $15.00

MicroSpikes Rental $5.00

Current Conditions

Conditions Update: Friday, December 18, 2020 Trails have about 15-20” of powdery snow, although likely closer to 24” in the Dene. Trails are ungroomed and are not yet packed. Guests with limited winter sports experience should be reminded that it is hard work to both ski and snowshoe in this kind of depth.

Our Ski Pavilion will open for rentals of skis/boots/poles, snowshoes, and "MicroSpikes", beginning Sunday, December 27, 2020. 


When conditions permit, trails are open daily 10am to 4:00pm.  Everyone must check in first and purchase admission at the Welcome Center.

Parking is in the main lot adjacent to the Welcome Center. For your safety and so we can be aware that people are on the trails, everyone, including members, must sign in at the Welcome Center. Thank you!

Also, please note that we are a smoke free, idle free and pet free campus.