Top Snowshoeing in Minnesota

Twin Cities Metro Area

Residents of the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul are blessed with an abundance of settings in which to enjoy the outdoors. Bring a nature guide or two to one of these parks and look for animal tracks, spot birds' nests, or brush up on your winter botany.

Carver Park Reserve: 3,500 acres of forest, grassland, and wetlands make up Carver Park Reserve. The park is best known for its successful reintroduction of the native trumpeter swan, our largest native waterfowl. Carver Park's trail system includes a 5.3-mile path for snowshoeing.

Elm Creek Reserve: What was once hardwood forest was converted to farmland and is now being converted again back to forest. At 5,000 acres, Elm Creek Reserve has plenty of space to roam and more than 13 miles of trails for foot travel.

Murphy Hanrehan: This 2,800-acre park, southwest of the twin cities, has been left largely undeveloped, maintaining a primitive and wild character. The 5.5-mile multi-use trail is a popular winter path.

Afton State Park: Nestled on wooded bluffs along the St. Croix River, Afton State Park has a variety of attractions from oak savannas and woodlands to prairie and floodplain forest. Afton has four miles of designated trails, though snowshoers can venture anywhere in the park except on groomed ski trails.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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