Explore the most popular hiking trails in Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

18 days ago

Lovely area but super flooded right now

Great hike!

Nice dirt trails with a light elevation gain as you head South. Wide paths and no roots with a nice view of the ponds, rivers and a creek. Lots of birds too, spotted an Osprey, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, and many other species on my run.

Beautiful area. Much larger than expected.
Upkeep of the trails leaves something to be desired. A lot of it was overgrown and some trails that show on the map are not accessible due to it being overgrown. The trail signs are a bit difficult to know how far and what direction it will truly be going unless you are looking at a map.
Due to flooding a very large section of trail is under water and not accessible at this current time.
A lot of nature to see. Beautiful fields, forest area and the lake. Some of the swamp area was mucky and a bit hard to navigate.
Overall a great trail, not many visitors. So very peaceful. Plan ahead to carry any trash you have as there were no trash bins in the area.

5 months ago

I've been here multiple times, usually in the spring. Beautiful place, not too much foot traffic, and a lot to explore in the area. A forewarning: if you go off trail, you are going to pick up lots of ticks. You shouldn't get too many (if any) if you stick to the trail though.

The bridge is out near Jab Farm. We hiked 4+ miles in the snow only to have to turn around and double back so close to the end. Made for an unexpected long day. Crossing the river in the winter would have been a bad idea. This information should be posted at the trailhead. The trail itself is nice and the area is remote and lovely.

Easy, quiet ride. Trail is paved and not yet a year old.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Worst trail I have seen in a long time in MN

Monday, July 10, 2017

Horrible ! Trail is not groomed at all .

Friday, April 21, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

was great except for the trail being closed 3/4's of the way through the hike and having to back track

Friday, October 21, 2016

Beautiful day on nice trails. It is a wildlife reserve with hunting in the area.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Nice trail. Bring your bug spray

on Mazomani Trail

Thursday, June 30, 2016

hay Linda !! we doubled back the 4 miles !! Made for a nice long hike that day ..But now I want to make the crossing

It's a nice little Trail

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It was a beautiful hike. However, once past the homestead we needed to cross the river to return to the beginning of the trail, we encountered an unexpected challenge. There is no bridge. We could back track the 4+ miles or wade through the rapid to get to the other side. We crossed the river. It was exciting and fun. But I could skip the wet shoes, socks and pant legs afterward. Once we reached the other side we found the closed trail sign. I'm still glad we did it.

Monday, July 13, 2015

This is one of my favorite hiking spots close to the Twin Cities. It feels more remote in many spots than other spots close to the Twin Cities. Highly recommended for a couple of hours of on the trail.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Went here today with the family and dog. Spent about 6 hours hiking most of the loops and checked out the farmstead, shelter, campsites, etc. One of the sections was closed due to flooding but was overall a great time. PLEASE NOTE, the water access / pump they have marked on the trail map near the shelter does NOT work. It is missing the main pump handle and the linkage to the pump shaft so don't plan on filling up with water there.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

New to Minnesota and I absolutely loved finding this place! So beautiful! Even with everything frozen it was beautiful. The ice shelf on the river was amazing! Moderately muddy and slippery in some spots but really nothing bad to say down the five mile loop

Monday, February 09, 2015

Hiked this area this past weekend, Feb 2015. Really nice trail with lots of options to create a variety of trail lengths. It was somewhat cold in the high 20’s so the ground was solid. I have been here is the warmer months and there can be some muddy areas, but not so much in the winter. Flood’s Road is appropriately named as it is often impossible to cross just North of Jabs Farm. It was crossable this past weekend so that saved backtracking or an extended detour.

Monday, December 15, 2014

I hiked during this warm pre Xmas weekend. Although there were some hunters, I was the only hiker there. The trail was good - not much mud. It's very flat. I looped south and west to the erratic (to shorten the loop I went off trail for about 200 feet) and although it's not on the map, it was easy to find with a cell phone. I looped back to Jab's farm and across the levee. Anytime I can get 3 solid hours in with a minimal drive from home (40 min) it's a win for me!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Great trail! Very quiet on a 75 and sunny day. Little muddy in some areas but just adds some fun challenges. Great minnesota views along the ridgeline!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I just finished part of this hike. A section of one of the trails was flooded so I was only to do 3 miles instead of the full deal. I'll come back again though. Great scenery despite it being too early for everything to be in full bloom.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Definitely longer than the listed 2 miles - there are several paths as well that can add to your exploration.
The path itself is low difficulty, though in the wet season there could be places that are difficult to pass. As another reviewer mentioned, it is a swamp, and the bugs are probably pretty terrible through the warm months.

I made the trek in the mid-fall, and there was still some nice color in the leaves. The Jabs Farm and the Glacial Boulder were nice treats along the route that I wasn't expecting to find.

on Louisville Swamp Trail

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This area has multiple choices for length and direction. I believe I hiked close to 6 miles. Not sure why the description says 2 miles. Stopped at the old Jobes farm. Many posted informational signs regarding the history of the farm/family.... very interesting. You can hike down along the Minnesota river... this would probably have extended my hike by 2-3 miles. It was getting late and I didn't want to chance the time verses remaining sunlight. Will definitely go again. I went on the Jan. day when it was actually warm enought to hike in just a long sleeve shirt. It was a glorious hike/day.
I don't think this would be nearly as enjoyable on a hot summer day.... or anytime the mosquitos are out. There appears to be many swampy areas (hence the name). But I would encourage anyone to venture out to this lovely spot.

10 days ago

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