Get out and snowshoe in Minnesota winter. Snowshoeing is not much more difficult than walking. It is a wonderful, low impact, winter sport that will get you out into our state parks and recreation areas to enjoy them in this season. Some nature centers in Minnesota have snowshoes that you can rent.
Snowshoes help you walk in snowy places...winter places you might not otherwise be able to explore.
Snowshoeing is basically a forward shuffle lifting one foot at a time. Anyone from young children to senior citizens can easily learn to snowshoe. It is a wonderful low-impact activity.
There are many types of snowshoes available for all ages and for the specific terrain you want to explore.
Some of our family members have learned how to make snowshoes the old-fashioned way....from materials found in the woods and instructions passed on from older family members.
These traditional snowshoes become family heirlooms that are passed down through the generations.
If you are not interested in making your own snowshoes, there are many places to buy snowshoes, both traditional, wooden snowshoes and high tech modern snowshoes. All of them will get you out to trek the beautiful Minnesota woods and fields.
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Snowshoeing is a sport that you can enjoy your first time out. It has an easy "learning curve" and you can do it at your own pace. Some tips to get you started:
Snowshoe in Minnesota State Parks. Most state parks allow snowshoeing within the park; visiting in winter is a new way to experience these beautiful places. One example is Grand Portage State Park which offers an easy winter hike to the High Falls. Snowshoe any of the North Shore, or other, state parks just remembering to avoid the groomed ski and snowmobile trails.
The Gunflint Trail, Minnesota National Forests, the BWCA are all amazing places to explore on snowshoes. Here are a few other great snowshoeing areas:
If you are not near any of these Minnesota recreation areas, strap on your snowshoes and trek through a city park, a woodland trail, a farm field...any place that gets you out to see the beauty of winter in Minnesota.
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