Winter hiking

The arrival of cold weather is no reason to take your walking program inside to a mall or treadmill when beautiful scenery awaits nearby at Minnesota's state parks! Plenty of state parks and recreation areas plow and pack miles of trails for winter walkers.

While you're out enjoying hiking trails in the state parks, grab a Hiking Club kit.

Check snow conditions before you head out.

Lots of parks hold organized naturalist-led walks and nighttime moonlight (or canlelight!) hikes. Find one under "Events" below.

State parks with plowed or packed trails

State parks with unplowed or unpacked trails


Events

12/27/14

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters - Snowshoe Hike

12/27/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Naturalist Hike

12/31/14

Fort Snelling State Park

New Year's Eve Candlelight Walk

12/31/14

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

New Year's Eve Candlelight Hike

01/01/15

Minneopa State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Celebrate 100 Years! - First Day Snowshoe Hike

01/01/15

Lake Carlos State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

First Day Snowshoe (or Hike!)

01/01/15

Whitewater State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/15

Tettegouche State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/15

Afton State Park

First Day Hike

01/02/15

Luce Line State Trail

Luce Line State Trail Candlelight Walk

01/03/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Full Wolf Moon Snowshoe Hike

01/03/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski Tour/Snowshoe Walk

01/10/15

Afton State Park

Program Series: "Discover Winter" Snowshoe Hike

01/10/15

Lake Maria State Park

Snowshoe Hike

01/17/15

Flandrau State Park

Historic Building Snowshoe Hike

01/17/15

Minneopa State Park

Snowshoe Adventure Hike

01/18/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Wildlife Walk

01/22/15

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail Thursday Morning Walk Series

01/24/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters - Snowshoe Hike

01/31/15

Fort Ridgely State Park

Animal Track Snowshoe Hike

01/31/15

Frontenac State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

02/01/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

02/01/15

Lac Qui Parle State Park

Candlelight Hike/Ski

02/06/15

Lake Vermilion State Park

Full Moon Snowshoe Night Hike

02/07/15

Afton State Park

Afton Candlelight Walk and Snowshoe

02/07/15

Flandrau State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

02/07/15

Minneopa State Park

Snowshoe Hike

02/07/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters - Snowshoe Hike

02/07/15

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

02/08/15

Afton State Park

Program Series: "Discover Winter" Snowshoe Hike

02/14/15

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail Candlelight Walk

02/14/15

Rice Lake State Park

Candlelight Ski / Hike / Snowshoe

02/19/15

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail Thursday Morning Walk Series

02/20/15

Lake Vermilion State Park

New Moon Snowshoe Night Hike

02/21/15

Fort Ridgely State Park

Historic Building Snowshoe Hike

02/21/15

Minneopa State Park

Five Senses Snowshoe Hike

02/21/15

Itasca State Park

Lantern Lit Snowshoe Hike on the Schoolcraft Trail

02/21/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe and Hike

02/28/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski Tour/Snowshoe Walk

Find more events.

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.