Coming to the park? Know the "Key 3:"
- Plan to be flexible. Explore new destinations and consider mid-week travel. Parks are busy as more people get outdoors, so we encourage you to discover a new favorite this summer!
- Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit, check visitor alerts and campfire restrictions, and download maps before your trip.
- Recreate responsibly. Help conserve these special places for the future by staying on trails and leaving no trace.
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.
Before you go
- Check snow conditions before you head out.
- Use HikeFinder to see recommended hikes for all parks.
- Be safe and smart when hiking in cold weather - follow these tips.
- Get rewards for completing hikes. Join the Hiking Club.
Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.
Events CalendarScroll table right to see more »
|07/29/21||Bee Calm Story Walk - kids program||Jay Cooke State Park|
|07/29/21||Wildflower Walk: Bugs and Blooms!||Itasca State Park|
|07/30/21||Friday Night Hikes||Buffalo River State Park|
|07/30/21||In Search of Wildflowers Walk||Fort Snelling State Park|
|07/30/21||Tree I.D. Walk||Lake Carlos State Park|
|07/30/21||A Walk among the Tall Trees||Itasca State Park|
|07/31/21||Highlights Hike - Eagle Point to the Meadow||Whitewater State Park - Meadow Parking Lot|
|07/31/21||Bugs and Blooms: Pollinator Walk||Jay Cooke State Park|
|07/31/21||Kids Camouflage Walk||Whitewater State Park|
|08/01/21||Wicked Plant Walk||Jay Cooke State Park|
|08/03/21||Mississippi River Walk: "I Wonder?"||Itasca State Park|
|08/04/21||Tree I.D. Walk||Itasca State Park|
|08/04/21||Plant Identification and Hike||Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park|
|08/05/21||Wildflower Walk: Bugs and Blooms!||Itasca State Park|
|08/07/21||Nature Hike||Fort Ridgely State Park|
|08/07/21||Bee Still Story Walk - kids program||Jay Cooke State Park|
|08/07/21||In Search of Wildflowers Walk||Fort Snelling State Park|
|08/07/21||Mississippi River Walk: "I Wonder?"||Itasca State Park|
|08/08/21||Bugs and Blooms: Pollinator Walk||Jay Cooke State Park|
|08/08/21||Wildflower Walk||Nerstrand Big Woods State Park|
|08/09/21||Jr. Naturalist: Mississippi Headwaters River Walk||Itasca State Park|
|08/11/21||Mary Gibbs: She Had Nerve and a 'Big Gun', Walk||Itasca State Park|
|08/12/21||Wildflower Walk: Bugs and Blooms!||Itasca State Park|
|08/14/21||Nature Hike||Minneopa State Park|
|08/14/21||Geology Hike - Chimney Rock||Whitewater State Park - Chimney Rock Trailhead|
|08/14/21||Kids Bird Walk||Whitewater State Park|
|08/15/21||In Search of Wildflowers Walk||Fort Snelling State Park|
|08/20/21||A Mindful Phenology Walk||Jay Cooke State Park|
|08/27/21||Bee Calm Story Walk - kids program||Jay Cooke State Park|
|08/28/21||Nature Hike||Flandrau State Park|
|08/28/21||In Search of Wildflowers Walk||Fort Snelling State Park|
|09/03/21||Nature Hike||Fort Ridgely State Park|
|09/04/21||Nature Hike||Minneopa State Park|
|09/04/21||Bee Still Story Walk - kids program||Jay Cooke State Park|
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.