Snowshoe, hike by candlelight Feb.8 at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

The Department of Natural Resources will host more than 30 candlelight events at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter, including one at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Drop by any time between 6 and 9 p.m. for snowshoeing or hiking on a trail lit by luminaries over the historic bridge and see Historic Forestville by the light of the full moon. 

“Few things transform a winter evening like soft light on snow,” said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Candles and lanterns help to create a magical experience, especially when coupled with light from the moon and a starry sky.”

The one-mile trail starts at the picnic shelter and is suitable for beginner-level of all ages. Snowshoes are available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. The evening wraps up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider, marshmallows and cookies by the fire in the picnic shelter. 

A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Although permits are available at the park, you can save time by getting one in advance. Visit mndnr.gov/reservations to buy a one-day ($7) or year-round ($35) permit.

In the event of severe weather, call 507-937-3251 for updates.

Other candlelight events will take place throughout the state in January and February, offering a variety of terrain and scenery. For the complete schedule — including dates, times and other details — visit mndnr.gov/candlelight. For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday).