Zak P. on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife ...
hay Linda !! we doubled back the 4 miles !! Made for a nice long hike that day ..But now I want to make the crossing
It was a beautiful hike. However, once past the homestead we needed to cross the river to return to the beginning of the trail, we encountered an unexpected challenge. There is no bridge. We could back track the 4+ miles or wade through the rapid to get to the other side. We crossed the river. It was exciting and fun. But I could skip the wet shoes, socks and pant legs afterward. Once we reached the other side we found the closed trail sign. I'm still glad we did it.
Went here today with the family and dog. Spent about 6 hours hiking most of the loops and checked out the farmstead, shelter, campsites, etc. One of the sections was closed due to flooding but was overall a great time. PLEASE NOTE, the water access / pump they have marked on the trail map near the shelter does NOT work. It is missing the main pump handle and the linkage to the pump shaft so don't plan on filling up with water there.
New to Minnesota and I absolutely loved finding this place! So beautiful! Even with everything frozen it was beautiful. The ice shelf on the river was amazing! Moderately muddy and slippery in some spots but really nothing bad to say down the five mile loop
Hiked this area this past weekend, Feb 2015. Really nice trail with lots of options to create a variety of trail lengths. It was somewhat cold in the high 20’s so the ground was solid. I have been here is the warmer months and there can be some muddy areas, but not so much in the winter. Flood’s Road is appropriately named as it is often impossible to cross just North of Jabs Farm. It was crossable this past weekend so that saved backtracking or an extended detour.
I hiked during this warm pre Xmas weekend. Although there were some hunters, I was the only hiker there. The trail was good - not much mud. It's very flat. I looped south and west to the erratic (to shorten the loop I went off trail for about 200 feet) and although it's not on the map, it was easy to find with a cell phone. I looped back to Jab's farm and across the levee. Anytime I can get 3 solid hours in with a minimal drive from home (40 min) it's a win for me!
I just finished part of this hike. A section of one of the trails was flooded so I was only to do 3 miles instead of the full deal. I'll come back again though. Great scenery despite it being too early for everything to be in full bloom.
Definitely longer than the listed 2 miles - there are several paths as well that can add to your exploration.
The path itself is low difficulty, though in the wet season there could be places that are difficult to pass. As another reviewer mentioned, it is a swamp, and the bugs are probably pretty terrible through the warm months.
I made the trek in the mid-fall, and there was still some nice color in the leaves. The Jabs Farm and the Glacial Boulder were nice treats along the route that I wasn't expecting to find.
Stephanie T. on Louisville Swamp Trail
This area has multiple choices for length and direction. I believe I hiked close to 6 miles. Not sure why the description says 2 miles. Stopped at the old Jobes farm. Many posted informational signs regarding the history of the farm/family.... very interesting. You can hike down along the Minnesota river... this would probably have extended my hike by 2-3 miles. It was getting late and I didn't want to chance the time verses remaining sunlight. Will definitely go again. I went on the Jan. day when it was actually warm enought to hike in just a long sleeve shirt. It was a glorious hike/day.
I don't think this would be nearly as enjoyable on a hot summer day.... or anytime the mosquitos are out. There appears to be many swampy areas (hence the name). But I would encourage anyone to venture out to this lovely spot.