Snowshoeing in Minneapolis, MN
About Minneapolis Snowshoeing
Most parks around the Twin Cities offer snowshoe specific trails, and for those intrepid hikers, you can always make your own trail (except on the ski trails, of course, which are off-limits to snowshoers).
The closest trail—and arguably the best one in town—is found in Fort Snelling State Park. This 2,931-acre park has 18 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails that meander through floodplain forest, around lakes, and along riverbanks. During the winter, these trails completely disappear and allow the adventurous hiker to make their own snowshoe trail through the beautiful snowy landscape.
West of the cities is Three River Park District’s Baker Park Reserve, which features 5 miles of snowshoe trails to explore. Even hosting dozens of snowshoe hikes, some including full moon rendezvous and candlelight walks.
Northwest of the cities is Lake Maria State Park. This park offers 3 miles of packed snowshoe trails shrouded in a Big Woods landscape.
Fort Snelling State Park is located in the Mississippi River Sandplains Landscape Region at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. The park lies just a few miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. A freeway exchange carries hundreds of thousands of cars past the park’s entrance. But once at the trailhead, the hectic pace of modern civilization fades to a quiet peaceful natural setting.
Established in 1963, Lake Maria State Park offers outdoor enthusiasts a 1,750-acre wilderness playground. Habitats range from deep old growth woods, marshes, ponds and grassland prairies. In the winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing offer a unique experience.
The Three Rivers Park district maintains 38 miles of snowshoe trails at 11 parks and reserves. The parks offer dozens of snowshoe hikes, some by full moon, some by candlelight, some for beginners or just for women. Snowshoes are provided, and most fees are $5. Baker Park Reserve has over 5 miles of winter trails to explore.
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