Wide-open spaces, enchanting forests, mountain paths – whatever your preference may be, snowshoeing is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the beautiful winter landscape.
Snowshoeing is not only a fantastic way to stay active during the colder months, but the dwindling crowds make winter the ideal time to find some quiet and solitude in the great outdoors.
Here are 5 magical places in the USA you can go to enjoy snowshoeing this winter.
Black Hills: South Dakota
Visitors flock to the Black Hills during the summer months to see popular landmarks like Mount Rushmore, but the beautiful winter landscape here makes it a prime spot for snowshoeing. At 1.2 million acres, the mountains, forests, lakes, creeks, and waterfalls nestled within the Black Hills National Forest offer stunning winter scenery and nearly 60 miles of snowshoeing trails.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Wisconsin
The sea caves dotted along the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore become enchanting ice caves during the winter months. To access these magnificent caves, snowshoers can trek along the shores of Lake Superior. If venturing across the ice isn’t for you, jump on the Lakeshore Trail located near Cornucopia. If you take off from Meyers Beach, the trail follows the towering bluffs for about 2 miles before reaching a cave overlook.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Michigan
There is no shortage of snow in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is arguably one of the best places to snowshoe in this beautiful state. Located along the shores of Lake Superior, this park boasts more than 100 miles of snowshoeing trails that wind through forests, secluded lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.
Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado
Explore the snow-covered majestic mountains, frozen lakes, flat meadows, craggy rock, and pine tree forests of Rocky Mountain National Park. With hundreds of miles of trails, snowshoers of all experience levels will find something to love in this magical place. There are numerous ranger-led snowshoe hikes during the winter months and if you’re feeling adventurous, check out one of the Full Moon Walks offered by the park.
Crater Lake National Park: Oregon
Located in the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon, picturesque Crater Lake is a joy to visit any time of the year. With an average of 43 feet of snow per year and endless wilderness to explore, Crater Lake National Park is a dream for snowshoers. Join in a ranger-guided snowshoe walk or venture off on your own and marvel at the beautiful contrast of fresh white snow and the deep-blue of Crater Lake.