Twinkle Light Trail at Itasca State Park

December 30, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Twinkle of starlight, glitter of snow, winter’s frozen crystals reflecting the lights’ soft glow. Enjoy the beauty of a winter night along 3/4 mile of lighted trail in Bear Paw Campground. Available for night (or day) snowshoeing and walking. Lighted with electric twinkle lights from dusk to 10 p.m. daily through the winter snow season. This gentle course follows the Basswood Loop (1/4 mile) and Lakeview Loop (1/2 mile) in Bear Paw Campground. Parking available near the Bear Paw Guesthouse.

Additional Notes: Trail Use: walking, snowshoeing. Skiers may use the trail but it is only packed; no track will be set. Trail surface: Packed snow. Groomer will periodically pack the route as needed. Pets: Pets are allowed on the trail. Pets must be on a 6-foot leash. Owners must clean up after pets. Time/Season: Trail illuminated from dusk to 10 p.m. daily (7 days a week) during the winter snow season – approximately mid-March. Park closes at 10 p.m. users are to be off trail at that time. Day hikers and snowshoers can use the trail during daylight.

General Safety Tips: Suggest bringing a headlamp/flashlight. There are no streetlights in this area. No water available at the site. Bring your own drinking water. Surface is packed snow, but may be uneven depending on volume of use. Wear appropriate winter footgear. Bring a cell phone for emergencies or taking a selfie.