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Explore Grand Rapids in its most infamous season.


Read more from local snowshoe enthusiast Tom Saxhaug.


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The Forest History Center

Beginner Level: Four miles of trails meander through a 1900’s logging camp, as well as pine forests along the Mississippi River. Best way to access off of Golf Course Road, take 14th Avenue and 1/4 mile down is a great parking lot and map kiosk. Stay off of the groomed single track cross country ski trail.

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Legion Park Trails

Intermediate Level: Six miles of trails weave their way through the many forest types found in Northern Minnesota. The trailhead is located just off the Reif Performing Arts Center parking lot. Stay off of the groomed single track cross country ski trail.

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Joyce Estate Trails

Intermediate Level: Located north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the buildings that make up the estate had been a retreat for Chicago’s Joyce family who were early loggers in the area.  Enter from the north entrance that is plowed Take Sceni Byway 38 to Wabana Road to Spider Lake Road to County Road 326.

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Sugar Hills Trails

Advanced Level: The reward is a spectacular view. Bushwhack your way through the remnants of a 60s era ski area. Scaling the slopes will reward you with spectacular views. Stay off of the the single track groomed cross country ski trail.

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Tioga Trails

Beginner to Advanced Level: Trails wind around the mining dump once used by Hanna Mining in their quest for iron ore. A few trails are challenging, but the snowshoer will be rewarded with excellent vistas overlooking surrounding lakes.

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Suomi Hills

Advanced Level: The remote and stunning Suomi Hills has 19 miles of snowshoe, hiking, biking and ski trails and is part of a semi-primitive nonmotorized area. The rolling topography offers mountain bike trails for intermediate and advanced cyclists. Stay off of the groomed single track cross country ski trail.

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Simpson Creek

Beginner Level: In 1907, Sam Simpson’s crew built the first tote roads and trails in the Cut Foot Sioux area. Today, this system makes up the 13-mile Simpson Creek Trail. Enjoy rolling topography through pines and along glacial eskers, with overlooks onto Cut Foot Sioux Lake and journeys into the cedar swamp. Access to the trail is located at the Cut Foot Sioux Visitors Center parking lot.

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Intermediate Level: A beautiful area to snowshoe and cross country ski. Remember to stay off of the groomed single track cross country ski trail. Many loops to snowshoe. The Wabana County Trail offers skiers five loops to choose from within a mixed forest and wildflower sanctuary.  Especially beautiful is the river loop that follows the Wabana Creek. Clearwater Lake lies to the south of the trail system. Wabana is one of two designated county wildflower sanctuaries. The Wabana Trail is located on county tax forfeited property that is managed for timber, wildlife, and dispersed recreational use by the County Land Department.


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