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    Shingobee Hills: A stunning fall overlook and year round recreation fun.

    Shingobee Hills is best known as a winter downhill sledding and cross-country skiing area, but the fall color panaromic view from the top of the sledding hill draws visitors in the fall.

    Start with the big view, and then venture down the Shingobee Trail. Enjoy the 8-mile looping trail through the colorful autumn forest, or continue on your trek by connecting with the North country National Scenic Trail.

    Grouse-hunters also enjoying hiking the Shingobee trail, so always good to wear orange anytime your are hiking in the fall.

    Recreation Lake is a nice stop along the trail, and many continue the walk over to the bridge on the Shingobee River. Nice easy hike.

    Special Event: October 25, 2019

    Howl O Ween Scavenger Hunt at Shingobee Hills

    6 p.m.-8-p.m.

    Join us for a family-friendly events at Shingobee Hills Recreation Area to celebrate national bat week! Start at the Shingobee Chalet and pick up your night time scavenger hunt card.

    Walk along the short pumpkin-lit trail to find six bat stations with answers to bat trivia questions. Extra points if you find some of the hidden "critters" along the trail!

    Come back up to the chalet for hot chocolate and roast a marshmallow by the campfire! It's our favorite program of the year!

    Shingobee Facts:

    Shingobee is an Ojibwe word for the cedar, spruce and fire that line the river.

    Shingobee Hills is one of the first downhill ski areas in Minnesota. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the chalet and developed the ski hill in the 1930's.

    The popular downhill ski area included three downhill runs, a rope tow lift, cross-country trails and a sledding area.

    The "Winter Playground" operated until 1984.

    Today, the chalet is still used for species Forest events and is open on winter weekends. Visitors can stop by to warm up by the fireplace and have some hot chocolate.


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