Snowshoes can take you where snowmobiles and skis can’t—far into the wilderness and off the trail, if you’re inclined to venture. There are, however, plenty of marked trails that can be just as exciting as backcountry terrain. Public lands like state and national parks open up their terrain to snowshoes and those who take advantage in the wintertime enjoy fewer crowds and nature at its most serene.
Though you need to be aware of snow conditions, avalanches and other cold-weather dangers, a little knowledge can go a long way and snowshoeing is typically safe. If you’re ready to strap on some snowshoes and head outdoors, check out these 10 great spots across the country.