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Bancroft Bay Park Trail is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Albert Lea, Minnesota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 91 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


bird watching



Sat Aug 06 2016

not a great trail, more golf disc course, disappointed as was looking for more of a hike...

Wed Mar 23 2016

I spent about an hour two days in a row hiking the trails around Bancroft Bay Park. They seem to be two semi-separate loop back trails combined for the purpose of connecting a disc golf course. Surrounded by Fountain Lake's North Bay, this semi-secluded trail has plenty of potential to prolong your time out, between a large disc golf course, a expansive open park area, campfire rings with stone seating, and some great areas I'd like to throw up a hammock, you could easily spend an entire day here. Which I plan to do later this spring when the weather warms up. I really think Bancroft Bay deserves its own profile on AllTrails, but for now I'll review it here so people can see this great option that's so close to home!

2 months ago

Sat May 05 2018