Residents of Fargo might be surprised to learn that there are a multitude of trails available for outdoor enthusiasts — trails which are regularly maintained even during the coldest winter months. For those with a love for enjoying a peaceful recreational activity without the aid of mechanical equipment or the inevitable chairlift may want to consider strapping on a pair of snowshoes and convincing their couch-loving spouse that a walk in the snow can be fun (a discussion which might ultimately entail bribing, cajoling and agreeing to put up with Monday night football for the next two weeks).
A consideration of one’s snowshoe expertise is important for the beginning snowshoer. Some trails are steeper than others, some may have the occasional log or copse of trees to negotiate, and some may be protected by enough hills and greenery that a cold windchill won’t even be noticed. A flat, scenic trail is recommended for the first-time snowshoer, as snowshoeing can demand endurance and strength – especially after a recent snowfall.
Around Fargo there is an especially scenic and well-protected trail located near the downtown core, running alongside the river between Fargo and Moorhead. A special plus for this trail is that you can begin and end near the parking lot of Ushers, a well-situated local restaurant; and one which is more than happy to accommodate a weary snowshoer or two.
For those who are interested in learning more about snowshoeing but don’t know where to begin, a great starting-off point is Scheels. If you visit the 45th Street location in Fargo, you’ll walk out within the hour with snowshoes in one hand and a list of Fargo trails in the other. Soon you can be immersed among wind-fallen trees, examining local animal tracks and enjoying near-perfect silence only minutes from a major traffic route.
If you’ve made a choice to be a couch potato during the long winter months, then all the power to you. If, however, you’ve been itching to get outside and to engage in an activity that gets the heart going (but is easier on the wallet than hitting a ski hill in Montana), then strap on a pair of snowshoes and bring a friend. There is nothing better than sharing in a great activity with someone else, and to be able to explore parts of your community that you may never have given any consideration to before.
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