There are so many beautiful winter trails in the heart of the Twin Cities!
We visited Fort Snelling State Park the day after Thanksgiving (we needed the exercise after eating so much food). 🙂 Minnesota state parks waive the entrance fees on Black Friday to encourage people to get outside and explore.
Fort Snelling State Park is where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers meet. You can hike to Pike Island where they converge and enjoy 3 miles of packed walking trails. You can also leave the park and hike to the historic Fort Snelling.
The rivers offer amazing scenery and views as you hike the trails. We loved all the reflections of the snowy trees in the water. There are 12 miles of cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing anywhere but on the groomed trails.
Fort Snelling State Park also links to an extensive regional trail system.
Our favorite thing is that the park is pet-friendly! The dogs loved getting out on the trails and meeting new friends.
There is a visitor center with gift shop, exhibits, and flush toilets that is open year-round. We got another sticker for the Thule!
It’s hard to believe this park is in the middle of the cities and right next to the airport.
Make sure to get out and explore the Minnesota State Parks and Trails this winter!