All of this snow has us antsy about snowmobiling in Minnesota. We want to pull our snowmobiles out from hiding, rev the engine, and veer off without a destination in mind, just pure bliss as the trails take us from town to town, over bridges, frozen lakes and open land. We get a glimpse of wildlife, pure white snow that blanket much of the region and glimpses of true beauty on the trails. Are you traveling to Minnesota and need to know the scoop on the snowmobile trails? This will be your trail guide!
Before we start, a word to the wise… Be sure to pack a flashlight, extra batteries, a GPS, hand warmers, a physical map and a cellphone. Always travel with another person and tell another where you will be. Cell phone coverage can be spotty in the North woods. If you can, be sure to also bring along an extra belt.
Let’s start with the Northeast corner of Minnesota with the snowmobile trail 60-the North Shore State Trail. The 146 miles of trail stretch from Grand Marias to Duluth. This is perhaps considered to be more exposed to wilderness and wildlife here, winding through forests, exposing the rider to many types of wildlife such as moose, deer, wolves and songbirds. Glide over river crossings and through remote areas of the Northeast. To find terrific lodging along this adventurous trail, check out this fantastic rental in Lutsen, MN.
Paul Bunyan Trail near Brainerd stretches over 120 miles, allowing snowmobiles and even skidoos on the trail, allowing everyone in your group a perfect time. Pass through or stop at some of the 14 towns that dot the trail for food, shopping or gas and be on your way. Brainerd is considered one of the bigger towns along the way but don’t forget to stop through baxter, ride by the Crow Wing State Park, through all the towns to Walker, ending your day trip to Bemidji State Park before returning back to your vacation rental back in Brainerd! Check it out!
Chippewa National Forest trails has to be quite possibly one of the most scenic trails in the state, allowing 330 miles to showcase forest life uninterrupted. Catch wildlife cohabitating with each other, observe the high tree line and zip over the wetlands. To warm up inside and re gather at night in your vacation rental, be sure to stay here!
Always check current snow conditions and be sure to leave ample time to really explore the trails. Promote safe riding and always keep to the trails, without this advice, you can really ruin your vacation, and trust us. While it may make for an interesting story down the road, it may spoil your dinner.
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