Glendalough State Park is a lightly trafficked loop trail located near Battle Lake, MN that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Nestled in the transition zone between prairie and hardwood forest, Glendalough offers a true respite from civilization. Crystal clear Annie Battle Lake is a 335-acre, non-motorized "Heritage Fishery" that provides a tranquil fishing experience second to none. Special regulations sustain a steady supply of large sunfish, crappie, and the occasional walleye for the frying pan, and large bass for the camera. Near the pristine shores of this lake are a cart-in campground and canoe-in campsites, all free from the traffic and noise of traditional drive-in camping. Annie can also be the starting point for an exploration of the park by canoe or kayak on the connecting creeks. The restored historic Glendalough lodge on the north side of the lake details the park's history as a private retreat and game farm for the Minneapolis Tribune. Numerous hiking trails, including two interpretive trails, meander along five lakes, through rich woods and blooming prairies. Wildlife abounds year-round, and there are many observation decks along the trails. Trails are groomed in winter for skiing and snowshoeing. Picnicking and swimming is available on two sandy lakes.
camping biking kayak this is a awesome state park very relaxing
As a smaller out of the way park there is little traffic on the trails, greatly enhancing wildlife and bird watching opportunities. On prairie trails in spring the flowers are incredible if your timing is right. Monarchs gather in one spot in the park in fall, which are also a treat. The deer population is high and very photogenic, but evidence of bears and cougars also occasionally make an appearance. it is a good place to listen to owls. The addition of geocaches and rental facilities for everything from ice fishing gear to birdwatching kits to skis provide a deceptively broad range of activities available for such a small park. It is a hidden gem of a place that I hesitate to share the existence of because I so enjoy the peace it brings me to go here.
There are hiking trails within this park. I went in late June and the trails were not that well maintained. Which if you are someone that enjoys a more rustic hike great. I personally don't enjoy flat hikes that are full of trail foliage. Mainly because if it's flat I want to run it, and also because I hate snakes and I can't see them if I'm ankle deep in "trail cabbage". Some of the stuff was growing so tall and encroaching onto the trail, it was up to my waist. I'd go back in late fall or very early spring but not so much a summer trail for me.