Metro Cross Country Ski Trails

Metro Ski Region

The many communities that make up the Metropolitan Area of the Twin Cities have provided for an extensive network of well groomed cross country ski trails. Many regional parks make and groom their trails offering skiing whether it snows or not.  There are also many ski clubs that meet regularly for fun and competition between skiers of all ages.

Key WH = Warming House P = Parking B = Bathroom

Afton Afton State Park 29km
651-436-5391 (WH, P, B) Six loops, 4 km beginner loop with remaining trails intermediate to advanced, first tier grooming for classic ski only, visitors center, trail shelters, backpack camping with water and bathrooms, overlooking St. Croix River, snowshoe trail, near Afton Alps Ski Resort, candlelight ski, MN ski pass required.

Bloomington Hyland Lake Park Reserve 11.3km
763-694-7687 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic and skate trails, rolling hills and prairie, 3.3 km lighted trail, visitor center with ski rentals and warm fire, Richardson Nature Center, Three Rivers Park Distict ski pass required.

Burnsville Terrace Oaks Park 10.9km
952-895-4500 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed for classic ski, ski along lakes and ponds through hills and woods.

Centerville Chomonix Golf Club 10km
763-757-3920 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate trails, flat terrain, rent skis at Chomonix Golf Course clubhouse building MN ski pass required.

Cokato Collinwood Trail 8km
763-682-7693 (P) Intermediate, classic only, open with some wooded areas.

Coon Rapids Bunker Hills Regional Park 20km
763-757-3920 (WH, P, B) Intermediate trails, flat to slightly hilly terrain trail loops, rental skis at Bunker Hills Campground Registration Building, MN ski pass required.

Coon Rapids Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park 10km
763-757-3920 (WH, P, B) Intermediate trails, relatively flat terrain, rentals at visitor center (open Tuesday through Friday 11-5), MN ski pass required.

Cottage Grove Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park 11.2km
651-430-8240 (P, B) Intermediate to advanced with some steep slopes, 4.5 km ski skating loop, several hills and heavily wooded ravines, MN ski pass required.

Eagan Lebannon Hills Regional Park 23km
952-891-7000 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced trails, groomed for classic and skate ski, trails wind through the hilly, wooded countryside and around scenic lakes and ponds.

Elk River Woodland Trails 10.2km
763-635-1150 (P) Beginner to advanced, groomed, many loops, maintained by Elk River Nordic Ski Club.

Elk River Ostego County Park 2.4km 
763-682-7693 Classic/Skate, Hardwood forest,prairie restoration area, adjacent to Mississippi River.

Hastings Spring Lake Park Reserve 10km
952-891-7000 (P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed classic and skate ski trails, Schaar's Bluff offers views of the Mississippi River valley.

Hastings St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park 9.6km
651-430-8240 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed for classic ski only, no skate ski allowed, 579 acres on the wild and scenic St. Croix River, rolling upland fields, wooded bluffs, MN ski pass required.

Jordan Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area 8km
952-492-6400 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, classic ski through wetlands, floodplain forest and blufftop oak savanna, MN ski pass required.

Lake Elmo Lake Elmo Park Reserve 19.2km
651-430-8370 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic and skate trails, 6 km skate loop, gently rolling hills, variety of experiences and challenges, 8.7k lighted. MN ski pass required.

Lake Elmo Sunfish Lake Park 13.1km
651-777-5510 (P) All levels, hardwood, Camel Back provides some fun hills, but Oak Run is particularly exciting, Morgan Lane offers beautiful view of a pond from a birch-lined ridge while effortlessly gliding back to the trailhead, deer and winter songbirds.

Lakeville Ritter Farm Park Ski Trail 10km
952-985-4600 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic and skate ski, hills through the woods, 340-acre park, MN ski pass needed.

Maple Grove Elm Creek Park Reserve 17.9km
763-694-7894 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed classic and skate trails, some of the best ski trails in the metro area, fantastic night skiing on lighted trails, a 2.5 km loop with man-made snow, Eastman Nature Center, visitor center with ski rentals, snack bar and woodstove, Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Maple Lake Robert Ney Regional Park 5.6km
763-682-7693 (P) Intermediate, groomed classic/skate, marsh and forest canopy, excellent area to view wildlife, small hills and flat, nature center open Saturdays noon - 4 p.m., moonlight ski in February.

Maple Plain Baker Park Reserve 12.9km
763-694-7660 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed classic and skate trails, through woods and meadow, see deer and other wildlife, ski rentals and snack bar at chalet, Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Maplewood Battle Creek Regional Park - East 6km
651-748-2500 (P) Beginner to intermediate, classic ski only through mature woods, MN ski pass required.

Maplewood Battle Creek Regional Park - West 9.8km
651-748-2500 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, classic and skate ski, 4 km lit trail, MN ski pass required.

Marine-on-St. Croix William O'Brien State Park 19.2km
651-433-0500 (WH, P, B) Multi-trail system with all levels, wetland trail for beginners and Prairie Overlook for more advanced, views of St. Croix River on the River Trail, first tier grooming for classic and skate, heated trail center, wood stove, candlelight ski, MN ski pass required.

Minneapolis City of Lakes Loppet Trail 35km
612-715-1479 (WH, P, B) Intermediate trails, groomed for both classic and skate ski, park at Theodore Wirth Park, initial 6 km of the Theodore Wirth trail system moves southward through the woods and over some big hills before hitting Brownie, Cedar, Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis Park Board grooms the trail system.

Minneapolis Theodore Wirth Regional Park 11.7km
612-230-6400 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed for classic ski, ski rentals available, some lighted trails, snow-making, one of the oldest venues in the Twin Cities, the north side features some incredible hills while the south side is primarily flat, ski pass required.

Monticello Harry Larson County Forest 3.2km
763-682-7693 (P) Intermediate, classic ski only, forest canopy.

Monticello Lake Maria State Park 22.4km
763-878-2325 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate skill level, primarily intermediate, groomed both classic and skate trails, rolling terrain goes through wooded areas, old growth forest areas and past lakes and ponds, MN ski pass required.

Plymouth Eagle Lake Regional Park 8km
763-694-7695 (P) Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic and skate trails, ski through woods and meadow, Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Plymouth French Regional Park 10.2km
763-694-7750 (WH, P, B) Variety of terrain for beginner to advanced, groomed classic and skate trails, rolling hills, lighted trails, attracts many after-work skiers, wildlife, rentals at visitor center, Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Plymouth Luce Line State Trail 11.3km
952-826-6769 (P) Beginner trail through maple and basswood forest, wildlife, lakes.

Prior Lake Cleary Lake Regional Park 16.5km
763-694-7777 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic and skate trails, visitor center with ski rentals, vending machine and fireplace, 5.7 km lighted daily until 10 p.m., Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Ramsey Rum River Central Regional Park 8km
763-757-3920 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed for both classic and skate, flat to slightly hilly terrain, MN ski pass required.

Rosemount Lone Rock Trail 17.6km
651-438-4636 (P, B) Intermediate trails, groomed for both classic and skate ski, gently rolling terrain through woods, agricultural land and two wetlands, enjoy wildlife, MN ski pass required.

Saint Paul Fort Snelling State Park 17.6km
612-725-2389 (WH, P, B) The park offers flat,  tracked classical trails. Most popular trail is the Pike Island loop offering views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.  Visitor center open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., MN ski pass required.

Saint Paul Phalen Regional Park and Golf Course 10km
651-266-6445 (P) Intermediate trails, open and fairly flat, equipment rentals.

Savage Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 19.4km
763-694-7777 (WH, P, B) Advanced trails, some of the most exciting and challenging trails in the metro, used for training, groomed classic and skate trails, snacks and wax at trailhead building, Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Shoreview Snail/Grass Lakes 5km
651-748-2500 (P) Beginner to advanced trails through woods and marshland, classic ski only, MN ski pass required.

South Haven Stanley Eddy Regional Park 12km
763-682-7693 (P) Advanced, classic ski only, hilly, forest, challenging. no longer groomed north unit.

Stillwater Gateway State Trail 16.1km
651-772-7937 (P) Beginner to intermediate trails, through urban areas, Pine Point Park, lakes, wetlands.

Stillwater Pine Point Regional Park 8km
651-430-8370 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed for classic ski only, no skate ski allowed, small park near the end of the Gateway Trail, beautiful scenery with trails winding through large pine plantation, near small lakes and picturesque farms, gently rolling hills, MN ski pass required.

Vadnais Heights Vadnais/Sucker Lakes 7.3km
651-748-2500 (P) Beginner to advanced, classic ski only, moderate hills through woods, MN ski pass required.

Victoria Carver Park Reserve 21.6km
952-446-1801 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, hardwood forests and marshlands, groomed classic and skate trails, wildlife, Lowry History Center, ski rentals on weekends, Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

White Bear Lake Manitou Ridge Golf Course 5km
651-748-2500 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, classic and skate ski, hilly and open, sledding hill, MN ski pass required.

White Bear Lake Tamarack Nature Center 8km
651-748-2500 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, classic ski only through prairie, woodland and marsh, wildlife, ski rentals, 1 km practice loop, MN ski pass required.

Zimmerman Sand Dunes State Forest - Ann Lake Trail 7.7km
763-878-2325 (P) Beginner to intermediate, classic grooming only, rolling trails with some challenging hills, five loops, ski trail adopted and maintained by Backcountry Trail Patrol, MN ski pass required.

Sources: Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Nordic Ski Association, Skinnyski & Individual Trails

 

Related Links:
• Minnesota DNR
• Minnnesota Nordic Ski Association
• Skinnyski
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