Winter Activities

The fun doesn't stop when the snow falls! Enjoy these uniquely Minnesota activities during the winter months at the Forest History Center.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides*

Have a classic winter ride on a horse-drawn sleigh! Rides are offered during some winter programs. Depending on snow and ice conditions, a “people mover” wagon may be substituted for the sleigh, and a tractor may be substituted for horses. Rides are included with site admission.

Sledding hill*

Located on a road entering the logging camp, the sledding hill is fun for all ages. Bullet sleds are available for use by MNHS members and with paid site admission.

Water balloon launch

Launch water balloons with a giant two-person slingshot! This is a fun family activity offered during most of our winter programs. The activity is closely supervised by Forest History Center staff to ensure safety.

Snow fort*

Explore the snow fort! The reinforced snow fort near the logging camp is a classic Forest History Center activity not to be missed.


The site maintains 50 pairs of Red Feather aluminum snowshoes (adult and children’s sizes), which are available for use by MNHS members and with paid site admission. Snowshoes can also be rented on other days for use on-site for $10 per day, per pair, by calling the site at 218-327-4482. There must be at least 6 inches of snow on the trails for snowshoe use.

*Activity is available pending adequate snow and safe conditions.


The trails are open year-round, 24/7, and are free for everyone to use.

The site does not offer kick sleds, cross country skis, mountain bikes, or fat tire bikes, but fat tire bikes and cross country skis can be rented at Itasca Trail Sports in Grand Rapids.

Skis, snowshoes, and fat tire bikes are welcome, but please leave your snowmobiles and ATVs at home — motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails.

The trails are rated “easy” for cross country skiing. Skiers should possess a valid Minnesota Ski Pass.