Hikes in Minnesota

Showing all 91 hikes in Minnesota

North and South Overlooks

Great River Bluffs State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The view from the North Overlook
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

King's Bluff Hiking Club Trail

Great River Bluffs State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Wildflowers and green bluffs to the west of the trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

High Peak Trail Loop

Glacial Lakes State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The grassy, glacier-carved hills in the distance
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lester River Falls

Lester Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The waterfall as viewed from the edge of the Lester River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Park Point

Park Point Recreation Area, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

You can see Duluth in the distance while along the shore of the point
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Oberg Mountain

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

I assure you, the view here is amazing on a clear day
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

LaVeaux Mountain

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

This boulder provides a great spot to sit and enjoy the view of the Superior National Forest
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Moose Viewing Trail

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The small lake beneath the observation platform is quite pretty
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Caribou Rock Trail to Rose Falls

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

This hike is filled with overlooks of secluded lakes
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 5 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Chik-Wauk Nature Trail

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The view from the Moose Pond Overlook is spectacular
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.35 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Honeymoon Bluff

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Just one of the views from Honeymoon Bluff
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Magnetic Rock

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

This rock was clearly the inspiration for the opening scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Eagle Mountain (Minnesota State Highpoint)

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Many mistake the hill in the distance for Eagle Mountain, but it's actually an unnamed peak just east of your destination
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 4 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

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

Old Caribou Camp and Marsh Vista Trail Loop

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The viewing platform on the Marsh Vista Trail gives you this lush scene
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Red Lake Beach and Old Marina Trails

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The grassy shores of Red Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
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

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

Fifth Falls Loop

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Viewing the frozen waterfall from the trail
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
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

Gooseberry Falls Accessible Route

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Middle Falls from the viewing area
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Carlton Trail

Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The rugged landscape surrounding the St. Louis River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
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

Red Top Loop

McCarthy Beach State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Autumn leaves litter the trail
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Big Hole Hiking Club Loop

McCarthy Beach State Park, Minnesota

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The natural beauty of Pickerel Lake is amazing even on a cloudy day
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Bog Walk Hiking Club Trail

Lake Bemidji State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The lake view at the end of the bog walk
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Old Logging Trail

Lake Bemidji State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

You can see evidence of logging on this trail
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 Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Two Rivers Loop

St. Croix State Park, Minnesota

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Just one of the many pretty river views along the trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Norberg Lake Hiking Club Loop

Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Friendly pines line the shores of Bear Head Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lookout Mountain

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

As the highest point around, the views on Lookout Mountain are sweeping
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 2.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Chase Point Hiking Club Loop

Scenic State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Just one of the lake views you'll see on this hike
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.6 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lake Erin Loop

Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Looking across Lake Erin in fall
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.6 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lost Forty Loop

Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The trees here are so tall you can't fit them in your photos
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.7 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
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

Continental Divide Trail Hiking Club Loop

Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

The best view in the park: the Continental Divide overlook
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
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

Hiking Club Loop

Crow Wing State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The view from Chippewa Lookout
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Rice Lake Trail and Twin Lakes Loop

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Beautiful fall colors on one of the Twin Lakes
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Remote Lake Loop

Savanna Portage State Forest, Minnesota

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Just one of the secluded lakes you'll see on this journey
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 5.3 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Wolf Lake Trail

Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A pine covered island in the middle of Wolf Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.6 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Bog Boardwalk and Lake Shumway Loop Trail

Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

This is the perfect hike to watch the sunset over Lake Shumway
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
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 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

Hiking Club Loop

Temperance River State Park, Minnesota

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The bridge over the torrential Temperance River
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.6 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
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

Hiking Club Loop

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

One lone tree across the meadow changing colors for fall
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 Yes
Accessible No

Pope Point and Hiking Club Loop

Father Hennepin State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Peeking through the forest at the stormy waters of Mille Lacs Lake
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Loop

Schoolcraft State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Although Mississippi River is much narrower in this part of Minnesota, it is still beautiful
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
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

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

Mystery Cave Geology Tour

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The otherworldly geology found deep within Mystery Cave
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly No
Accessible No

Big Spring Trail

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The cold, clear waters of South Branch Root River reflecting the afternoon sun.
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Loop

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Late afternoon sun over the South Branch Root River
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Historic Forestville Loop

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

See these historic buildings from the 19th Century in Forestville State Park
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

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

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

Shovel Point and Superior Shore

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The marvellous cliffs along Lake Superior
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.5 miles roundtrip
Time 45 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Aiton Heights Fire Tower

Itasca State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The smoky wilderness of Itasca State Park from the top of the fire tower
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mississippi Headwaters

Itasca State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Looking out on Lake Itasca from the Headwaters of the Mississippi River
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 Yes

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

High Falls and Two Step Falls

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The highest waterfall in Minnesota
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Strenuous uphill
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Middle Falls Loop

Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The reward for your adventure through the woods: Middle Falls
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.5 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

High Falls Trail

Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The main event: High Falls at Grand Portage State Park
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

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

Mount Tom

Sibley State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The observation tower on top of Mount Tom.
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Mount Tom and Equestrian Loop

Sibley State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The prairie in the forest in Sibley State Park
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 4 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
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

Mound Trail to Burr Oak Trail and Lower Cliffline Trail

Blue Mounds State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The cliffs of Blue Mound from the Lower Cliffline Trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.2 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Carlton Peak

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The endless blue of Lake Superior from the top of the Carlton Peak
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Strenuous uphill
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
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

Mic Mac Lake

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Monday, December 12th, 2016

View of Mic Mac Lake from the dock
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Big Bog Boardwalk

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Looking east at the bog
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 Yes