Hit the trail for cool winter to-dos

The Greenway of Greater Grand Forks is a sprawling public recreational space bordering the Red River and Red Lake River in the adjacent cities of Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN. At 2,200 acres, it is more than twice the size of New York City’s Central Park!

One of the most prominent features of The Greenway is its impressive 20-mile system of paths which are used by bikers, walkers, joggers, in-line skaters and cross-country skiers.  In 2007, the system was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service.  There are also several city parks and two golf courses situated alongside it.  Other amenities include a dog park, wildlife observation areas, campground, fishing spots, interpretive displays, wildflower gardens and sites for various athletic activities including volleyball, horseshoes, disc golf and ice skating.  Throughout the year, the space is also used to host several festivals and events. 

Developed after the historic 1997 Red River Flood, The Greenway encompasses major portions of our two communities that lie within the floodplain.  After the flood, several neighborhoods were removed to make way for a massive new dike flood protection system – The Greenway includes the land that sits between these dikes and the rivers.  Today, it serves the dual purpose of holding back high river waters and providing great recreational and entertainment opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

During winter months, The Greenway offers up perfect places for sledding, skating, skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing.  Sponsored annually by the Grand Forks Park District, Greenway Ski Day incorporates most of these cool outdoor activities, plus horse-drawn sleigh rides and cardboard sled races.  This year’s free family friendly happening takes place on February 20, from 10 AM to 4 PM, in Lincoln Drive Park. Complimentary equipment is available on a first come, first served basis. For more details, click here.

If you would like further information about all our awesome events, along with #SimplyGrand spots to stay, play, shop, wine and dine, go to VisitGrandForks.com.  We also invite you to follow Visit Greater Grand Forks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.