Winter hiking

A family hikes in the snow

Take a winter walk

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Coming to the park? Know the "Key 3:"

  1. 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!
  2. Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit, check visitor alerts and campfire restrictions, and download maps before your trip.
  3. 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

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Locations with plowed or packed trails

thumbnail graphic of map that shows the locations of packed/plowed hiking trails.
Map of locations

Events Calendar

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07/29/21Bee Calm Story Walk - kids programJay Cooke State Park
07/29/21Wildflower Walk: Bugs and Blooms!Itasca State Park
07/30/21Friday Night HikesBuffalo River State Park
07/30/21In Search of Wildflowers Walk Fort Snelling State Park
07/30/21Tree I.D. WalkLake Carlos State Park
07/30/21A Walk among the Tall TreesItasca State Park
07/31/21Highlights Hike - Eagle Point to the Meadow Whitewater State Park - Meadow Parking Lot
07/31/21Bugs and Blooms: Pollinator WalkJay Cooke State Park
07/31/21Kids Camouflage WalkWhitewater State Park
08/01/21Wicked Plant WalkJay Cooke State Park
08/03/21Mississippi River Walk: "I Wonder?"Itasca State Park
08/04/21Tree I.D. WalkItasca State Park
08/04/21Plant Identification and HikeLake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
08/05/21Wildflower Walk: Bugs and Blooms! Itasca State Park
08/07/21Nature HikeFort Ridgely State Park
08/07/21Bee Still Story Walk - kids programJay Cooke State Park
08/07/21In Search of Wildflowers Walk Fort Snelling State Park
08/07/21Mississippi River Walk: "I Wonder?"Itasca State Park
08/08/21Bugs and Blooms: Pollinator WalkJay Cooke State Park
08/08/21Wildflower WalkNerstrand Big Woods State Park
08/09/21Jr. Naturalist: Mississippi Headwaters River WalkItasca State Park
08/11/21Mary Gibbs: She Had Nerve and a 'Big Gun', WalkItasca State Park
08/12/21Wildflower Walk: Bugs and Blooms!Itasca State Park
08/14/21Nature HikeMinneopa State Park
08/14/21Geology Hike - Chimney RockWhitewater State Park - Chimney Rock Trailhead
08/14/21Kids Bird WalkWhitewater State Park
08/15/21In Search of Wildflowers Walk Fort Snelling State Park
08/20/21A Mindful Phenology WalkJay Cooke State Park
08/27/21Bee Calm Story Walk - kids programJay Cooke State Park
08/28/21Nature HikeFlandrau State Park
08/28/21In Search of Wildflowers Walk Fort Snelling State Park
09/03/21Nature HikeFort Ridgely State Park
09/04/21Nature HikeMinneopa State Park
09/04/21Bee Still Story Walk - kids programJay 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.