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 has closed for ski and snowshoe rentals, as of March 10, 2021. Visitors are welcomed to bring their own gear and use trails, conditions permitting. *Current hours for admission: Thursday - Monday, 10am - 4pm.


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: Thursday, March 11, 2021 Trails are suitable for walking, with some icy patches, recently fallen tree debris, and mud - take care as temps fluctuate and conditions can change rapidly. Recent warmer temperatures have left bare spots - skiing and snowshoeing are not advised.


When conditions permit, trails are open 10am to 4:00pm. Parking is in our main lot, adjacent to the Welcome Center. Everyone must check in first, to purchase admission at the Welcome Center (members are free, but check-in is still required). For details on visiting during the COVID pandemic, including health and safety guidelines, and current hours of operation, visit:

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