Best cross country skiing trails in Minnesota

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Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Minnesota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of cross country skiing trails in Minnesota
Top trails (70)
#1 - Lebanon Hills Loop
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in the Dakota County park system. Containing almost 2,000 acres, the park offers miles of trails and many lakes for year-round outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education. For more information visit: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/parksTrails/LebanonHillsShow more
#2 - Eagle Mountain Trail
Superior National Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
#3 - Hyland and Bush Lakes Loop Trail
Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Note: Parts of this trail closer to the water may flood in wet months. Show more
#4 - Prairie and Deer Valley Loop
Afton State Park
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Length: 19.3 mi • Est. 9 h 16 m
#5 - Terrace Oaks Trail
Terrace Oaks West Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
Terrace Oaks West is a 230-acre, community park located on the east side of County Road 11, 1/4 mile south of Burnsville Parkway.Show more
#6 - Chain of Lakes Loop
Minneapolis Chain Of Lakes Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 9 m
Great trail with lots of walkers and bikers. The southwest end of Lake Bde Maka Ska loop needs work because of pothole deep cracks in the bike path that have been marked with red paint for years now.Show more
#7 - Nine Mile Creek Loop
River Valley Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
This beautiful trail follows the most downstream segment of Nine Mile Creek until it’s empties into the Minnesota River. The trail crosses the creek on a series of bridges. At one point the trail heads up to the bluff top where it passes through an oak savanna affording beautiful views.Show more
#8 - Mud Lake Loop
Elm Creek Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
This loop is paved and moderately busy with bikers, skaters, strollers, walkers, etc. The park is large with a variety of dirt trails as well for a more varied experience. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved (asphalt or boardwalk) and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle, all estimated 5% or less except for a couple of steep 9% sections on the northern/western half.Show more
#9 - Cannon Valley Trail
Cannon Valley Wilderness Park
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Length: 20.2 mi • Est. 8 h 26 m
An approximately 20-mile ride between Cannon Falls and Red Wing, MN with a major stop/trailhead at Welch, MN. The trail is paved and is good riding for road bikes or walking/running. The ride is scenic as it runs along the Cannon River and woodlands characteristic of the area. The river is also popular for canoeing. Please be aware, a wheel pass is required for the day. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (all 4% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable.Show more
#10 - Mendota Trail
Hidden Falls Crosby Park
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
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