Winter Road Trip: Little Falls Invites You To Get Outside!

Bundle up and get outside exploring the winter landscape of Little Falls! Cross country skiing and winter hiking abound and there are many opportunities near this picturesque northern town to enjoy the snow.  You’ll find welcoming locals and plenty of open space on your next winter road trip to Little Falls.

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Cross Country Skiing

The nearly 4 miles long Platte River Trail in the Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is groomed for cross country skiing. Hikers and snowshoers may be interested in one of the shorter loops and are very welcome on the trail, but the Refuge does ask that you stay to the side of the cross country ski trail. The trail has two observation decks one along the Platte River and one overlooking Rice Lake, good spots to look for tracks or maybe even a sighting of a Grey Fox. The refuge is home to Grey Fox which are active all year round, and are the only member of the dog family that can climb trees.
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Winter at the Lindbergh State Park

The Charles A. Lindbergh State Park has nearly 8 miles of trails open for visitors all year round where winter hiking and snowshoeing are encouraged. Trails aren’t even really necessary for the avid snowshoer as you are welcome to trek anywhere within the park. A warming shelter for winter adventurers is available at the picnic area. This state park is a little different as it is broken into two areas along the Mississippi River, the Main Park and the Little Elk Area, both of which have hiking trails that follow the Mississippi. If you prefer cross country skiing, you are also welcome but do expect to break your own trail.
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Ice Fest

Little Falls Minnesota is known for its yearly attempt at the record-breaking ice carousel. They currently hold the World Record (having stolen that honor away from Canada last year) for creating the largest spinning ice carousel which is cut into Green Prairie Fish Lake. This year they are looking to expand on that World Record. Ice Fest is a free and open to the public event that is a fundraiser for meeting children’s needs in the area. The Fest often has fun winter activities like ice skating, hockey, snowmobile rides, and of course – the spinning ice. This year the fest will take place on February 13th & 14th.
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After a full day of winter activities, you’ll be looking forward to a warm and cozy night in. You’ll find lakeside resorts, along with the lodging brands you’re familiar with in Little Falls. With plenty of options, you’ll find the home base for your winter outdoors vacation.
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