Ture Minnesotans tell you the only way to get through winter is to embrace the cold. That means getting outside and exploring what the great outdoors has to offer here in the land of ten thousand lakes. Many folks like to take their kiddos sledding. While others like to go snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing Quarry Hill
Paisley Snowshoeing at Quarry Hill

Snowshoeing is a great workout and gets you to explore areas that you maybe haven't been to. It also gives you the opportunity to see the trails you may hike in the summer with snow on them. Here are seven places to go snowshoeing in Minnesota.


  • Douglas Trail- Has around 12 miles of trails that you can snowshoe on.
  • Quarry Hill Nature Center- You can rent snowshoes at the Nature Center and explore the grounds to see all kinds of things in the snow.

Southeastern Minnesota

  • Frontenac State Park- Rentals are available along with a variety of sceneries to check out.
  • White Water State Park- Here you can also rent snowshoes. The park allows you to walk near rivers and other trails.
  • Great River Bluff- There are multiple trails to choose from to see a variety of different sceneries.

Twin Cities

These are just a few ideas of places to go snowshoeing this winter. If you really want to go on some fun snowshoe adventures, the DNR has a list of snowshoeing events happening around Minnesota. These events go through March and you can check them out here. Some are night adventures, while others are just guided tours.

Another idea for a snowshoeing adventure ... you can also check with your local golf course. Some of them will allow you to go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. It's best that you check before you go, so you don't get in trouble for doing something that you aren't supposed to!

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