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Best trails in Agassiz Environmental Learning Center

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Explore the most popular trails in Agassiz Environmental Learning Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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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 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. Address PO Box 388; 400 Summit Avenue SW, Fertile, MN 56540

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Top trails (3)
#1 - Sand Hill River Recreation Area & Agassiz Learning Center
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Tons of trails, rolling sand hills, nature preserve, river, picnic area, and primitive camping. The AELC, also known locally as "The Nature Center" is located in the 640 acre wilderness area located Show more
#2 - Agassiz Perimeter Hike
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Agassiz Perimeter Hike is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fertile, Minnesota that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#3 - Classroom To Lookout Point
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 27 m
One mile hike, from the Sand Hill River bottom to the top of the the cut-bank.Show more