Best Cross-Country Skiing in Minnesota

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Minnesota. Use this list to plan your next Minnesota cross-country skiing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Whitewater State Park

    2 Reviews

    Saint Charles, MN

    Eroded white clay along the banks of the Whitewater River causes its water to appear milky white in the spring. This white water impressed the Dakota Indians, who were the first to inhabit the ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Eroded white clay along the banks of the Whitewater River causes its water to appear milky white in the spring. This white ...

  • #2 Great River Bluffs State Park

    0 Reviews

    Winona, MN

    Hikes in southeastern Minnesota are noted for their spectacular views of the Mississippi River Valley, great expanses of farmland, and nearby cities. Most of the hikes at Great River Bluffs are ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hikes in southeastern Minnesota are noted for their spectacular views of the Mississippi River Valley, great expanses of ...

  • #3 Big Rivers Regional Trail

    1 Reviews

    Fort Snelling State Park, MN

    Big Rivers Regional Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Dakota County, Minnesota. It is within Fort Snelling State Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 793 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  2.5 miles

    Big Rivers Regional Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Dakota County, Minnesota. It is within Fort Snelling State Park. ...

  • #4 Douglas State Trail

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    Douglas State Trail, MN

    Douglas State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Goodhue County and Olmsted County, Minnesota. It is within Douglas Trail & City Park and Douglas State Trail. It is 15.5 miles long ...
    •  15.5 miles

    Douglas State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Goodhue County and Olmsted County, Minnesota. It is within Douglas ...

  • #5 Great Northern Trail

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    Elk River, MN

    The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern outskirts of Minneapolis. For nearly 5 miles, the rail-trail winds ...
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Great Northern Trail offers a paved north-south route across the city of Elk River on the fringe of the northwestern ...

  • #6 Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area

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    Long Lake, MN

    Hiking the Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area is like learning a really great secret, the kind you’ll have no problem keeping all to yourself. Hidden behind a nondescript trailhead ...
    •  1 hour
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking the Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area is like learning a really great secret, the kind you’ll have no problem ...

  • #7 Salem Hills Trails

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    Inver Grove Heights, MN

    This 4.5-mile linear trail at Harmon Park cruises a mellow course through wildflower-packed meadows and pine-hardwood forest on smooth, flowing, and gently rolling singletrack. It’s the perfect ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This 4.5-mile linear trail at Harmon Park cruises a mellow course through wildflower-packed meadows and pine-hardwood forest ...

  • #8 Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail

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    Harmony, MN

    The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved ...
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River ...

  • #9 Minnesota Valley State Trail

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    Chaska, MN

    As of spring 2016, bridge access to the Minnesota Valley State Trail was still closed at Memorial Park in Shakopee until further notice. Check the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website ...
    •  27.1 miles
    •  Guide

    As of spring 2016, bridge access to the Minnesota Valley State Trail was still closed at Memorial Park in Shakopee until ...

  • #10 Bottineau Trail

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    Red Lake Falls, MN

    The 3-mile-long Bottineau Trail runs through the small town of Red Lake Falls to a rural area to its north. The trail is named after Pierre Bottineau, a Minnesota frontiersman who died in the ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The 3-mile-long Bottineau Trail runs through the small town of Red Lake Falls to a rural area to its north. The trail is ...

  • #11 Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

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    Minneota, MN

    The Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a work in progress as part of a planned 47-mile trail linking the cities of Red Wing, Goodhue, Zumbrota, Mazeppa, Bellechester, and Pine Island along an inactive ...
    •  9.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Goodhue Pioneer State Trail is a work in progress as part of a planned 47-mile trail linking the cities of Red Wing, ...

  • #12 Afton to Lakeland Trail

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    Saint Marys Point, MN

    The Afton to Lakeland Trail links its namesake towns on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. The trail runs between Quinlan Avenue North/Eighth Street at Crocker Park in Lakeland and Pike ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Afton to Lakeland Trail links its namesake towns on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. The trail runs between ...

  • #13 Glacial Lakes State Trail

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    Paynesville, MN

    The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Willmar and about 1 mile west of Paynesville at ...
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    The 22-mile original section of the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail follows the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern ...

  • #14 Cannon Valley Trail

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    Cannon Falls, MN

    The trail links the southeast Minnesota communities of Red Wing, Welch, and Cannon Falls along a path that follows the former route of the Chicago Great Western Railway line that once ran through ...
    •  1-2 days
    •  19.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail links the southeast Minnesota communities of Red Wing, Welch, and Cannon Falls along a path that follows the former ...

  • #15 Luce Line Trail

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    Plymouth, MN

    The Luce Line Trail occupies the former railbed of the Electric Short Line Railroad, started in 1908. The tracks continued to be expanded into the late 1920s, when the rail line became known ...
    •  72.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Luce Line Trail occupies the former railbed of the Electric Short Line Railroad, started in 1908. The tracks continued ...

  • #16 Lake Wobegon Trail

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    Osakis, MN

    As fans of public radio can tell you, this trail’s namesake is the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, made famous by author and radio personality Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion. Along ...
    •  60 miles
    •  Guide

    As fans of public radio can tell you, this trail’s namesake is the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, made famous by author ...

  • #17 Western Waterfront Trail

    0 Reviews

    Duluth, MN

    Developed in 1988, the Western Waterfront Trail (WWT) offers direct access to the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary in southwestern Duluth. The trail begins right across the street from ...
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Developed in 1988, the Western Waterfront Trail (WWT) offers direct access to the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary ...

  • #18 Blazing Star State Trail

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    Albert Lea, MN

    The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between the Lakes,” and the trail begins on the northern shore of one of ...
    •  5-6 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Blazing Star State Trail is located in Albert Lea, near Minnesota’s southern border. The town is known as “The Land Between ...

  • #19 Greenway of Greater Grand Forks

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    East Grand Forks, MN

    Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, host a network of paved paths along the Red River and Red Lake River that form the border between these two cities. At just more ...
    •  21.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, host a network of paved paths along the Red River and Red Lake ...

  • #20 Shooting Star State Trail

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    Rose Creek, MN

    Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched ...
    •  18.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). ...