On the Shingobee National Recreation Trails, fun can be had all year round. This recreational area can be found in the heart of Minnesota's Northwoods, in the Chippewa National Forest. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy the wildflowers, autumn leaves, or a pristine winter wonderland. The 6 miles of trails welcome hikers, trail runners, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and dog walkers too of course. There are trail maps posted at each intersection. The main entrance, along with parking and public restrooms, can be found along the MN-34 in the southwest end of Walker.
In the summer months, this area offers refreshment from the heat. The trails wind through the shade of mixed aspen, pine and birch forests, with views of two cool lakes and the Shingobee River. Portions of the trail pass through exposed prairies. You and your pooch will love the rolling landscape and the scenic overlook of the Shingobee River Valley. The area also provides plenty of opportunity for birdwatching, and even primitive camping if you want to stay a while.
The fun doesn’t need to stop when the snow falls. Along the trails, cross-country ski tracks are set and groomed every year. The ski trails range from intermediate to difficult. If you and your doggo want to slow it down a little, snowshoeing along the trails is also welcome. One of the favorite winter activities here is sledding on the steep slopes. There is even a warming chalet on the property. Your pup is welcome to join in on the fun, as long as they stay leashed, especially the sled-chasing doggos!
Dogs are welcome throughout the Shingobee Recreation Trails, as long as they show proper petiquette and you're willing to stoop and scoop. Don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good boy or girl! With all the fun activities to do year round in this area, the Shingobee National Recreation Trails are a puppy paradise!