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Went from co rd 50 into Shingobee Rec area and back. Great trail! Clean and not overgrown but small enough and still gives that natural feeling. Bugs weren’t bad (middle August). Never saw another person.

nice walk through old growth. one warning. we went on a Thursday in August - late morning - and when we got back the parking lot was full. Since the quiet is one of the big attractions, go early or late to avoid crowds.

Great all around trail for activities such as biking, birding, running, walking, and rollerblading. Enjoyable for so many people.

Great hike, stayed at Gut lake! Very nice scenery along the trail!

3 months ago

Nice easy hike
Good for biking

I did 10.5 mikes

8 months ago

A remarkable walk thru old growth pine forest lands. The walk is short, but includes +20 information stands that inform the walker what they are observing. A walk back in a time over a century + ago.

My son and I are prepping for the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico so we won't be able to replicate the elevation that the southern Rocky Mountains have but with backpacks and a speedier pace, it's not a bad trail. We were unable to locate the end of the trail to have our car dropped off so we could be dropped off at the trailhead. So for the route, we planned for 5 miles in and 5 miles back. However, plans quickly changed when we hit just over 2 miles in and there were ticks crawling up our boots. It's a known fact that Scoutmaster Brian tends to forget one item whenever he leaves for a Boy Scout-related event and it happened to be the insect repellent.

The trail is easy to spot but the grass is about ankle high and ticks like that. If you plan to go, definitely spray on decent insect repellent both on your body and clothes. Besides ticks, there are a lot of horseflies and mosquitoes. We altered our hike to head down a eastbound road just after the two mile mark. Even that was nice with some beautiful views of lakes and fields. For the next trip, we will make sure we follow the Boy Scout motto and "Be Prepared!"

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pretty area, trail is short. Drove 4 hours round trip to hike one mile, but it was neat!

scenic driving
Thursday, November 03, 2016

I remember it as scenic.

There were several fallen trees across the path, in numerous places, which made it difficult. And the mosquitos were the worst I've ever seen. That was in July.

It was a nice country trail with varied elevation.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nice short walk in the woods. No elevation, No people, it was very relaxing.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Easy trail to follow and nice views!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Great short hike close to some dispersed backcountry camping areas in the Chippewa National Forest. The Ranger station never mentioned anything when I said I was going out there with my dog but the trail head has a sign declaring it a scientific natural preserve and no dogs allowed, even on leash.

scenic driving
Sunday, May 19, 2013

Not the most beautiful road in the country but it was a pleasant drive. The lakes were nice,

road biking
Sunday, January 15, 2012

The overview calls this a hiking trail, but, it's a muti-use trail primarily used by bicyclists in summer and snowmobiler's in winter. It's one of the first Rails to Trails trail, so it's railroad grade.very flat. It's a great trail for cycling, rollerblading, jogging etc.. It has many rest stops along the way so It's great for family rides. I guess you could "hike" on it if you were looking for an extremely easy hike.

The NCT (North Country Trail) is a premier hiking trail that stretches over 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across 7 states ( North Dakota to New York State). already, more than 1,700 miles have been completed. When complete it will be the longest hiking trail in the U.S. I have hiked several sections in MN. and one in Mich., I love this trail! Great campsites along the way and so many lakes on the sections I have hiked.

3 days ago

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road biking
11 months ago

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