Visit our trail-friendly sponsor!
Minnesota Resorts offer plenty of vacation getaway choices for the active family

Southern Minnesota Ski Trails

The southern half of Minnesota offers rolling bluff country in the east and wide-open prairies in the west with regions of old-growth forest in between. A wide variety of state parks, forests and recreational trails offer fine cross country skiing.



River Bend Nature Center: 11km

Beginner to advanced, groomed classic through flat prairie and woods with some challenging hills. MN Ski Pass required.


Frontenac State Park: 11km

All levels, groomed classic with overlooks of Lake Pepin. Two warming shelters available.
 MN Ski Pass required. More about the park


Ney Nature Center: 10km

Groomed, classic ski trails through the 446-acre Ney Wildlife Preserve. Rentals available at the nature center A trail fee applies.

Root River State Trail

Isinours Junction to Houston: 48km

Beginner to intermediate trail offering views of tall bluffs and abundant wildlife. Track set between Isinours Junction and Houston. MN Ski Pass required.

New Ulm

Flandrau State Park: 9.5km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic, flat trails on the bottom of the valley with more challenging routes on the oak shaded bluffs with several overlooks of Cottonwood River. Ski and snowshoe rentals available. Beach house serves as a warming shelter. MN Ski Pass required.
More about the park


Carleton College Arboretum: 18km

Trails in the upper arboretum (6km) are groomed for skating and classic skiing, the remainder are classic only. Trails are shared with walkers.


Brooktree Golf Course: 3km

Easy skate ski and classic loop.

Kaplan’s Woods Parkway: 13km

Intermediate, ravine terrain provides challenging hills through hardwood forest near a lake and river. Wide trails suitable for skate ski and tracked for classic when snow is sufficient. Trail travels from Morehouse Park through Kaplan’s Woods Parkway and into the County Country Club grounds. Inside Kaplan’s Woods Park, 9km of trails are groomed for skiing and 6 miles are groomed for fat bikes. MN Ski Pass required for skiing.
MapKaplan's Woods Ski TrailKaplan's Woods Ski Trail

Red Wing

Cannon Valley Trail: 23km

The Cannon Valley Trail offers views of overhanging cliffs and stunning scenery and connects the communities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing. It’s open to a variety of uses in the winter. From Cannon Falls:

-Mile 1-15.5: Cross Country Skiing only.

-Mile 15.5-17.5: Side by side fat biking and cross country skiing.

-Mile 17.5-19.7: Trail is plowed and open to hiking and biking.

MN Ski Pass required for skiing only.

Mississippi National Ski Trails: 8km

Beginner to advanced, groomed for classic skiing. 8km classic loop through wooded terrain offers extensive views of Mississippi River, considered one of the most spectacular in the state. Flatter and easier trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing are on the golf course to the south, where the trailhead is. MN Ski Pass required.


Chester Woods Park: 8km

All levels, groomed trails through a wooded and hilly county park with views of Chester Lake, usually groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Trails are well marked with maps at most intersections. A trail fee applies.

Eastwood Golf Course: 6km

All levels, groomed classic and skate ski loops with 2.5km lighted trails.

Eastwood Golf Course Ski Trails

Essex Park: 8.5km

Groomed classic and skate ski through woods and restored prairie.

Soldier’s Field Golf Course: 5km

Intermediate, groomed classic and skate ski. 
Quiet city trails offer good skiing.

Quarry Hill Nature Center: 10km

Relatively flat, groomed trails through rolling hills around an old quarry. Quarry Hill Nature Center is open all year and has equipment rentals. A trail fee applies.

Quarry Hill Nature Center Ski Trails Quarry Hill Nature Center Ski Trails Quarry Hill Nature Center Ski Trails Quarry Hill Nature Center Ski Trails


Great River Bluffs State Park: 5km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic with overlooks of the Mississippi River Valley. MN Ski Pass required. More about the park

Saint Mary’s University: 14.5km

Mostly intermediate to advanced with some flat terrain for beginners. Groomed classic and skate ski, through hardwood forest, an old apple orchard, and near Gilmore Creek. Some lit sections.

Saint Mary's University Ski Trails

Visit these trail-friendly sponsors:

Visit our trail-friendly sponsor!
A trip on the 55-mile Central Lakes Trail is the perfect fall family outing by bike or on foot
Minnesota's Paul Bunyan Trail is one of the state's best bike rides
Walker, MN is connected to more than 150 miles of paved trails!
Your Adventure starts here-stay small and stay safe with a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association member
Hutchinson MN: Home of the Luce Line State Trail

Keep up with the latest MN Trails news and events in our newsletter

Visit our trail-friendly sponsor!
Where will your adventure take you? Southern Minnesota Tourism

Please join our newsletter mailing list!

It’s your source for sneak previews of the next print issue, new trails to explore, upcoming events and the latest blog posts. We promise to keep it brief, entertaining and relevant and you can unsubscribe anytime. We will not share your info with anyone.

* indicates required