|Distance||2.5 miles roundtrip|
|Best Seasons||Spring, Summer, Fall|
- Fully accessible trail into unique bog environment
- Small signs to identify different species of bog plants
This is the flagship hike of Lake Bemidji State Park. Featuring crazy carnivorous plants, odd orchids, and mossy moss, the bog plants are a special sight. As a short accessible trail, everyone can do this hike and enjoy the splendid nature here. And since it's only about 6 miles to Bemidji, it's the perfect afternoon activity while you're in town.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This is an excellent family friendly hike for several reasons: it's short and flat, it's part of the Hiking Club program which has trails in most Minnesota State Parks with a secret password to entice you and your kids to keep hiking, and there are expertly placed signs to help identify the unique plants in the bog and learn something about this special landscape. This entire hike is designated as wheelchair accessible (one of several Minnesota State Parks with accessible trails), with a wide, flat dirt path leading to the wooden boardwalk. This route is available for hiking only in the three warm seasons; while the boardwalk portion is open to hiking during the winter, as a catch-22 the trail leading to the boardwalk is for cross country skiing only and hiking is not permitted. This is probably the most popular hike in the park and a major destination for visitors to Bemidji, so expect to see plenty of people. Given that you will be walking on top of a bog, be sure to wear bug spray and bring some with or you will be miserable.
From the parking lot, walk north on the road until you reach the trailhead. Cross the street, then turn right at the intersection ahead (labeled H on the official map linked below), following signs for the Bog Walk. This portion of trail is entirely flat, and the trees are vibrantly beautiful in the fall, as pictured below. At intersection G, turn right and continue to the wooden boardwalk over the bog.
From Downtown Bemidji, take Bemidji Avenue north, then turn right on County Road 20. Watch for signs for the park, then turn right on the park entrance road. Pay the fee at the park office on the right, then turn left, drivingly slowly on the dirt road through the campground until you reach the parking lot.
From outside of Bemidji, you can bypass driving through town by taking U.S. Highway 2 to U.S. Highway 71 heading north. Turn right on Lakewood Drive, then left on Bemidji Avenue. Turn right on County Road 20. Watch for signs for the park, then turn right on the park entrance road. Pay the fee at the park office on the right, then turn left, drivingly slowly on the dirt road through the campground until you reach the parking lot.
Google Maps Directions
Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Like all Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas, you must pay a vehicle entry fee of $7 per day or $35 for an annual pass (highly recommended if you frequently go to Minnesota State Parks). There are both flush and pit toilets available (depending on the season) near the lot.