Winter Activities Guide

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Winter hiking

A family hikes in the snow

Don't let a little cold weather keep you from staying happy and healthy. Plenty of state parks and recreation areas plow or pack miles of trails for winter walkers! Winter hiking in Minnesota is beautiful, rewarding, and a great family activity.

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

Locations with plowed or packed trails

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Map of locations

Events Calendar

12/16/17

Afton State Park

Women's Walk - Getting Ready for Winter

12/31/17

Fort Snelling State Park

New Year's Eve Candlelight Walk

01/01/18

Itasca State Park

First Day Hike: A Backcountry Exploration

01/01/18

Minneopa State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/18

Tettegouche State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/18

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

First Day Hike: Snowshoeing for Beginners

01/01/18

Sakatah Lake State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/18

Whitewater State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/18

Lake Carlos State Park

First Day Hike: Full Moon Walk

01/01/18

Jay Cooke State Park

First Day Snowshoe Hike

01/01/18

Jay Cooke State Park

First Day, First Full Moon Hike

01/01/18

Afton State Park

First Day, First Full Moon Hike

01/01/18

Blue Mounds State Park

First Day Family Hike

01/01/18

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

First Day Hikes Scenic Cave Tours

01/13/18

Tettegouche State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe Hike

01/13/18

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Family Snowshoe Hike: Wildlife Survivor - Winter Edition

01/13/18

Minneopa State Park

Snowshoe Adventure Hike

01/13/18

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters Snowshoe Hike

01/13/18

Blue Mounds State Park

Candlelight Hike

01/13/18

Afton State Park

Learning to Snowshoe Walk

01/20/18

Split Rock Creek State Park

Candlelight Hike

01/27/18

Tettegouche State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe Hike

01/27/18

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters Snowshoe Hike

01/31/18

Jay Cooke State Park

Blue Moon Snowshoe Hike

01/31/18

Sibley State Park

Canceled: Full Moon Hike or Snowshoe

02/03/18

Lake Maria State Park

Candlelight Hike

02/03/18

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike Event

02/03/18

Lac qui Parle State Park

"Lake that Speaks" Luminary Hike

02/03/18

Afton State Park

Afton Candlelight Hike

02/03/18

William O'Brien State Park

Candlight Walk Along the St. Croix River

02/10/18

Sakatah Lake State Park

Candlelight Hike

02/10/18

Fort Ridgely State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

02/10/18

Flandrau State Park

Historic Building Snowshoe Hike

02/10/18

Jay Cooke State Park

Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe Event

02/17/18

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters Snowshoe Hike

03/01/18

Sibley State Park

CANCELED: Full Moon Hike or Snowshoe

03/01/18

Afton State Park

Full Moon Walk

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Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.