Hikes near Minneapolis-St. Paul

Showing all 41 hikes near Minneapolis-St. Paul

Lowry Nature Center Trails

Carver Park Reserve, Minnesota

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The bright sun shines over a frozen Crosby Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.8 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Overlook and Carver's Cave Loop

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Minnesota

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

You can't beat this view of Downtown St. Paul
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.8 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Railroad and River Trail Loop

Interstate State Park, Minnesota

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

The view of the St. Croix River from an overlook on the River Trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Indian Mounds and Overlook Loop

Indian Mounds Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Snow covers these historic burial sites
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Battle Creek Loop

Battle Creek Regional Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Snow blankets the hills
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.1 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Riverside Trail

William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The view of the St. Croix River between the trees
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.6 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Empire Lake All Season Loop

Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The view from the overlook of Empire Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.9 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Westwood Lake Loop

Westwood Hills Nature Center, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The reflection of the sky in Westwood Lake
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Hiking Club Trail to Prairie Overlook

William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota

Friday, December 1st, 2017

The stunning fall colors viewed from the Prairie Overlook
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 6.3 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Voyageur Trek Loop

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The view of Jensen Lake from the boardwalk
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Minnregs Lake Loop

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Minnesota

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

The restored prairie is the best part of this hike
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Oxbow and Heron Trail Loop

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Minnesota

Friday, November 24th, 2017

You'll see mossy logs bridging the creek throughout this hike
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.1 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Summit Rock Loop

Interstate State Park, Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Impressive cliffs line the St. Croix River
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.4 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Park Loop

Kinnickinnic State Park, Wisconsin

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Overlooking the St. Croix River
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Trail Loop

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Algae blooms on the top of this small lake amidst the forest
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Hidden Falls Trail

Kinnickinnic State Park, Wisconsin

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Looking across the prairie with a twinge of fall color
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.9 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hidden Falls and Hiking Club Loop

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The small Hidden Falls trickles over the rocky ledge
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls Regional Park, Minnesota

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Someone actually thinks this counts as a waterfall
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Independence Lake Regional Trail Loop

Baker Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The most scenic bench in the park overlooking a lake
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 6.2 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club and Prairie Loop

Wild River State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The St. Croix River lives up to its Wild and Scenic River federal designation
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Goldenrod Trail Loop

Anderson Lakes Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Looking at the trail lined with goldenrods
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Hyland Lake Loop

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A lost Barbie doll basks on a secret grill on Hyland Lake
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

North Meadow Trail

Oxbow Park, Minnesota

Monday, September 11th, 2017

A flower filled meadow awaits you after an uphill climb
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Wetlands Trail Loop

Crosby Farm Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Tall cattails and algae blooms in the marsh
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Bison Enclosure Loop

Minneopa State Park, Minnesota

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Overlooking the bison enclosure from near Seppmann Mill
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Waterfalls Area

Minneopa State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The larger of the two waterfalls at Minneopa State Park
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.2 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Quaking Bog

Theodore Wirth Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Cattails among the forest
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Willow Falls from the Nature Center

Willow River State Park, Wisconsin

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Willow Falls teeming with people on a hot summer day
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Rice Creek Loop

Rice Creek North Regional Trail, Minnesota

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Tall grass and scattered trees comprise the landscape here
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Wolf Creek Falls and Quarry Loop

Banning State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

You too can eat lunch with this view of Wolf Creek Falls!
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Upper and Lower Bluff Trail Loop

Frontenac State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Overlooking the bluffs of the Mississippi River
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Deer Valley Loop

Afton State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The winding trail in the woods of Afton State Park
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Pike Island Loop

Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

One of the many giant trees with fun nooks
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Elmer L. Andersen Trail

Tony Schmidt Regional Park, Minnesota

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Afternoon sun shining over the landscape
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Long Meadow Lake Loop

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

A glimpse of the dense, green forest located within the center of a major metropolitan area
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 9 miles roundtrip
Time 4 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Uncas Dunes

Sand Dunes State Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The sandy trail and pine forest of Uncas Dunes
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Grimm Farm and Lakes Loop

Carver Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Looking across Lundsten Lake in Carver Park Reserve
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Goose Lake to Dog Park Loop

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The grasslands of Elm Creek Park Reserve on a sunny day in March.
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Ski Hill Loop

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Minnesota

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The beautiful waters at Hyland Lake Park Reserve
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Bjorkland Trail

Lake Maria State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The stunning wetlands of Maria Lake.
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Glacial Potholes

Interstate State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Overlooking the St. Croix River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No