Sand Hill River Recreation Area & Agassiz Learning Center is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fertile, Minnesota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
cross country skiing
A great area to explore. Tons of trails... rolling sand hills, nature preserve, river, picnic area, primitive camping... The AELC, also known locally as "The Nature Center" is located in the 640 acre wilderness area located just west of Fertile. There is a Visitor's Center with a meeting room, kitchen and restroom facilities including showers, in addition to a primitive campground. Our large deck is situated above the Sand Hill River and picnic tables are available for family gatherings and picnics. There is an extensive trail system maintained for hiking in the summer and groomed regularly for cross country skiing in the winter. In our Visitor's Center, we also have cross country ski equipment available to rent. There is also a five mile horse riding trail around the perimeter as well as a horse loading and unloading area. The AELC is now a SNOWSCHOOL. Snow shoe rental available soon. The Fertile Sand Hills is a beautiful and unique wilderness area that offers a diversity of natural communities, including two of Minnesota's most endangered - prairie and oak savannah. Other natural communities include the Sand Hill River, riverine forest,birch bluffs, active sand dunes and oak woodland. The AELC is a private non-profit corporation devoted to providing educational and recreational experiences about the natural world. Our Visitor's Center is open from 2 to 5 daily from April through October and from 1 to 4 daily from November through March. Funding for the AELC is provided by the City of Fertile, membership, donations and use fees.