Sault Ste. Marie becomes a literal snowshoeing and cross-country skiing paradise in the winter! There is no telling how many tons of the white stuff will fall, but it is guaranteed that it will be more than enough to make for snow-packed trails to ‘shoe on! Keep reading to learn about four spots to snowshoe and cross country ski in the Soo, and then strap on your gear to enjoy these adventure-packed trails!
If true immersion into a winter wonderland and a day of adventure is what you’re after, a day of snowshoeing at Tahquamenon Falls is right up your alley. This is a short drive, about 90 minutes from the Soo, and completely worth it for the unbeatable sights. The six unique trails guide you through some of the most breathtaking and pristine lands in the state, and will lead you past the majestic Tahquamenon Falls!
Lynn Trail System
Closer to home is the Lynn Trail System. Located in the Minneapolis Recreation Area, a short 5-minute drive from downtown transports you into a haven for bird watching and an easy escape into nature. You can easily snowshoe or cross country ski these user-friendly trails, and then head back downtown for a quick warm-up at one of the many cozy coffee shops.
Algonquin Ski Trails
For beautifully groomed, winding trails through the Eastern U.P woodlands, the Algonquin Ski Trail is for you. This trail system has 5 different cross country skiing loops mapped out in various degrees of difficulty and length to suit any experience level and a separate trail for snowshoeing! Explore the trails as a family or take a solo adventure to unwind, day or night!
Southern Ashmun Creek Loop
Although located in a bit of an unusual location, the Southern Ashmun Creek Loop is perfect for any silent sports activity. Go to the back of the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings in the Cascade Shopping Center and spot the trailhead sign. Snowshoe the rolling terrain or glide through the cozy trail on your skis. Be prepared to be canopied by evergreens and kept company by various species of winter birds.
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