While much of the activity in the Wright County parks
system comes during the peak summer months, there are several parks open to
winter recreational activities. These include cross country skiing, winter
walking trails, snowshoeing, sledding, dog sledding and mountain biking.
Note: To find out up-to-date trail conditions for
cross country skiing and winter walking trails, go to www.co.wright.mn.us/211/Winter-Trails.
Here is the listing of parks that offer recreational
activities from now until mid-March:
Cross Country Skiing – Bertram Regional Park – Esker Trail
– Monticello (1.7 miles of trails – classic and skate); Collinwood Regional
Park, Cokato (3.3 miles – classic and skate); Harry Larson County Forest,
Monticello (2 miles – classic and skate); Otsego County Park, Otsego (1.25
miles – classic and skate); Robert Ney Regional Park West, Maple Lake (4.3
miles – classic and skate); Robert Ney Regional Park East, Maple Lake (5.5
miles – skate and skijoring); Stanley Eddy Park Reserve South Unit, Annandale
(2.4 miles – classic and skate).
Winter Walking Trails – Clearwater/Pleasant County
Park, Annandale (1 mile – paved); Clearwater/Pleasant off-leash pet area (.57
miles – packed); Montissippi Park, Monticello (2.1 miles – paved); Otsego
County Park (1.98 miles – paved).
Snowshoeing – Bertram Regional Park (excluding Esker
Trail); Bill Anderson County Park, Howard Lake; Marcus Zumbrunnen County Park,
Clearwater; Stanley Eddy Park Reserve – North Unit; Off-trail at any park.
Sledding Hills – Bill Anderson County Park; Collinwood
Regional Park; Montissippi Park.
Dog Sledding – Robert Ney Regional Park East (5.5
miles – skate and skijoring).
Mountain Biking/Winter Fat Tire Biking – Bertram Regional
Park (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists Association trails, South Trailhead).
For those looking for ways to help drop some of those
holiday pounds that tend to add up, the Wright County parks system could be the
answer. To top it off, it’s free and open to the public if you have your own
equipment. For those who don’t have skis or snowshoes, rentals are available
from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends from January through mid-March at Robert Ney Regional
Park and Nature Center.