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Explore Washington County Parks! Whether hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, in-line skating, horseback riding, or taking a walk, Washington County Parks trails are a path to exploration, recreation, and relaxation.
Winter multi use trails are available at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Big Marine and Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Parks.  See the brochures below.

Current XC Ski Conditions

MN Ski Pass
A Minnesota ski pass is required to ski in Washington County Parks (age 16 and up). Purchase MN Ski Passes online, by phone or at the Lake Elmo Park contact station (ski passes are not required for snowshoeing).

A parks annual vehicle permit is required to enter any Washington County Park.

Big Marine Park Reserve
2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) of easy turf trails wind through a deciduous forest and along the south side of Big Marine Lake. Two miles of paved trails.  

Winter Trail Map Winter Trail Brochure
Park trails are packed for multi-use skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and dog walking.

Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park
Seven miles of hiking trails traverse a heavily wooded ravine with a 150 feet of elevation change. Three miles of paved trail is offered for walking or biking. Biking and horseback riding is not allowed turf trails.

Winter Trail Map 
Winter Trail Brochure
7.7 kilometers (4.8 miles) of trails are groomed for skate and classic skiing. The trails traverse a four-mile long ravine with 150 feet of elevation change and vary from easy to advanced. Use caution when crossing the paved trail.

Winter walking can be done on the paved trail originating at the shelter. This trail is adjacent to the ski trail bordering the lake. Stay to the inside from intersection 17 to 16.

Loop "C" is a multi-use trail available for walking and snowshoes that is not groomed.

Hardwood Creek Regional Trail
Nine and a half miles of paved from Hugo through Forest Lake and links to the Sunrise Prairie Trail (Chisago County). An adjacent equestrian trail runs parallel to the paved trail.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Five miles of paved trail provide easy access to the developed portions of the park. Twenty-two miles of turf trails for hiking travel over gently rolling hills through forests and prairies near lakes. Two wildlife viewing blinds are located along the east side of Eagle Point Trail. Horses, hiking and mountain bikes are allowed on the fourteen miles of turf trails west of the main road while only hikers are allowed on the eight miles east of the main road. 

Winter Trail Map 
Winter Trail Brochure
Winter walking can be done on the Big Bluestem multi-use trail and the paved trail originating at the trail head parking lots.  Other uses allowed on the Big Bluestem include snowshoeing, walking with leashed dogs, skijoring and fat tire biking.

Pine Point Regional Park
Five miles of turf trails for hiking meander through a mature pine forest. The Gateway State Trail can be accessed at the parks main trailhead.

Winter Trail Map
 | Winter Trail Brochure

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park
Four miles of hiking/walking trails through prairie, woods, and the lower St Croix River Valley. One mile of paved biking trail serves as a link the park office to the campground.

Winter Trail Map 
Winter Trail Brochure

Code for Responsible Trail Use

For your safety and recreational enjoyment, please observe
the following rules:
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  • Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Respect adjoining landowners rights and privacy.
  • Keep right so others can pass.
  • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
  • Keep all pets on leash. Pets are not allowed with bikers or in-line skaters.
  • Properly dispose of pet waste.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Pack out all garbage and litter.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.


John D. Elholm
Parks Director

Lake Elmo Park Office
Ph: 651-430-8370

St. Croix Bluffs Park Office
Ph: 651-430-8240
24-Hour Information Line: 651-430-8368

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