7. Shingobee Hills Recreation Area

Directions

Shingobee Hills Recreation Area is located five miles southwest of Walker, Minnesota along Highway 34. Watch for signs of the sledding hill parking or travel ½ mile south and park at the Shingobee wayside rest. Most people access the trail at the sledding hill parking lot. 


Minnesota's First Downhill Ski Area: Shingobee is noted as Minnesota's first downhill ski area. The downhill area is now known as the best sledding hill in the area. Bring your family over for the day this winter! Lots of fun sledding, skiing and roasting marshmallows over a winter campfire!


Year-round recreation:

Best autumn view on the Forest! While Shingobee Hill is best known for winter sledding and skiing, it is also the best place for a panoramic view of the autumn forest.Stand at the top of the sledding hill for a great photo opp!


Autumn trails: Enjoy the variety of colors in this mixed hardwood / pine forest.The Shingobee Trail system does connect with the North Country Trail. Take time to enjoy a picnic at Recreation Lake or the Shingobee River bridge.


October Event: Watch for the annual Howl O Ween Scavenger Hunt at Shingobee Hills on October 25,2019 from 6 -8 p.m. This is a family-friendly event that starts at the Shingobee Chalet. Campfires, and a pumpkin lantern trail along the base of the sledding hill to search for critter signs! Celebrate National Bat Week with this fun short night hike!

History: Shingobee Hills is a favorite with visitors throughout the year. Originally known as the Shingobee Winter Playground, this rolling terrain was the site of one of Minnesota’s first downhill ski areas. Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930’s, the Shingobee Winter Playground included multiple ski runs, a tow rope and small chalet near the bottom of the ski hill.  The downhill ski operation closed down in 1984, but the site remains a winter recreation favorite. 


As soon as the snow flies, cross-country skiers hit the groomed trail and snowshoers enjoy the open trails. Families continue the tradition of sledding down the main hill. The chalet is open periodically on winter weekends. Check with the Walker Ranger Station for chalet schedule.


Fall color enthusiasts enjoy the Shingobee hiking trail, which also connects with the North Country

National Scenic Trail.


 

Events: Watch for summer and fall events along the trail, especially tied to the North Country National Scenic trail. They often lead hikes throughout the season.


Related Sites: The North Country National Scenic Trail runs through the Shingobee Hills Recreation Area and the local Itasca Moraine North Country Trail group leads hikes throughout the year.