Located on the Mississippi River, Frontenac is a birdwatcher's paradise. It's one of the best spots in the country to view birds migrating in the spring and fall. More than 260 species of birds have been recorded here. No wonder: Lake Pepin's diverse habitats -- bluffland, prairie, floodplain forest and upland hardwood forest -- attract numerous warblers, hawks, waterfowl and shorebirds. Hikers and skiers enjoy spectacular views of this beautifully wooded river valley. Fishing, swimming and boat tours are all available nearby.
Not exactly a "hard" trail until you have to ascend up to the rock formation. Very beautiful and interesting angled hike that takes a bit of balance too. A couple spots below to splash your face in the water. Lots of boat noise which was annoying though. Would definitely come back for this one!
A mix of sculpted bluff and prairie trail. It's not as scenic as other nearby parks (Afton, O'Brien, etc). My biggest issue is that a number of the prairie trails are roadside or require crossing a road and the bluff trails run into camping areas which can distract one from that feeling of getting lost in a good hike but that's just personal taste.
This is my very favorite trail in Minnesota. The trail is wide and maintained well. The prairie section is perfect for running with rolling hills and slight uneven surfaces. The bluff/river section is awesome with views of the river, difficult rocky trail, and shaded woods. The trail itself in the woods is pretty challenging as far as elevation goes but the footpaths are wide enough to make the journey manageable. I went in August and the bugs weren't too bad. Being more water than you think you'll need. =). The only goofy thing about the trail is that the map and the trail markers don't match up 100% so make sure to grab a map (it's more up to date). Otherwise though, love love love this trail!