When the chill of fall transforms into a biting cold, Minnesotans know that snow is soon to follow, transforming the landscape into a winter playground for snowmobilers, anglers, and nordic skiers. Cross country skiing in Minnesota is one of the most popular ways to experience the season’s beauty while getting in some much-needed exercise. Nothing compares to winter mornings in Minnesota, where the sun rises in a spectacular array of pinks and blues highlighting snow-frosted trees on the trails. Explore the gorgeous cross-country trails near McGregor and stay with us at Big Sandy Lodge for a winter vacation getaway you can’t find anywhere else. 

Cross Country Trails Near McGregor, MN

Big Sandy Lodge is less than 15 minutes away from a large collection of scenic ski trails at Savana Portage State Park. You can access five miles of groomed cross-country trails that wind through rolling hills and hardwood forests at this park. Experience the peacefulness of the quiet winter landscape as you keep an eye out for deer and listen to the tune of songbirds. It’s important to note that skiers over 16 years old must purchase a Great Minnesota ski pass before exploring groomed trails at Minnesota state parks.

Adjacent to the state park is the Savana State Forest, where you can find 12 miles of cross-country ski trails. Snow-covered aspen, maple, birch, and cedar trees line the trail in a hilly hardwood terrain. These trails are usually quiet, so you are sure to enjoy a leisurely adventure through Minnesota’s great outdoors. 

Warm-Up at Big Sandy Lodge

After a chilly day of cross country skiing in Minnesota, return to Big Sandy Lodge and warm up at the fireplaces in the lodge or with a delicious dinner at our on-site restaurant. Refuel with the unique tastes of Northern Minnesota cuisine or enjoy a drink while exchanging stories from the day. In addition to dining, we also have an indoor pool, jacuzzi, and sauna perfect for relaxing after a day of winter adventures.

Winter Adventure Awaits in Northern Minnesota

Whether you are visiting Minnesota on a family vacation or a couples retreat, we have lodging to accommodate everyone. Our villas range from two to five bedrooms, ideal for families or larger groups. Family time is made possible with our spacious living rooms and dining areas in each villa. And if you are traveling solo or as a couple, save money by staying in our affordable lodge rooms instead. If you are ready for a winter getaway in Northern Minnesota, reserve a room with us and experience the tranquility of nature trails on a cross country skiing adventure.