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.

This is one of our favorite State Parks, but this isn't a very interesting trail on foot. Love to bike the paved portion though and do the loop that takes you into Battle Lake!

hiking
4 months ago

We discovered Glendalough State Park last summer and it has become our favorite hiking spot (now before Itasca State Park)! The trail goes from beautiful forest to prairie grassland with several side trails for variety. You can bike or hike this trail. We plan to bring our grandchildren here this summer as the length isn't overwhelming for the 7 to 11 age range. There are no eating facilities in the park however you are just minutes from town with the bike trail going all the way into town.

camping
Monday, April 18, 2016

camping biking kayak this is a awesome state park very relaxing

hiking
Monday, December 31, 2012

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 12, 2012

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.