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Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eden Prairie, Minnesota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 124 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bridge out Bugs Muddy Snow
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The City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota owes its name to Elizabeth Fries Ellet, the writer who visited in 1852. In her travelogue book, Summer Rambles in the West, Ellet describes the Minnesota River Valley which adjoins the current day City of Eden Prairie. From the Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly and the Green Tiger Beetle of the Big Woods to the Red Spotted Purple Butterfly and Burying Beetle of the Bottomland Forest there are 95 species of insects, birds and animals and 37 plant varieties represented on the EFEIT signs. There are aerial shots, panoramas, close ups, vista shots and historic clippings, paintings, drawings and photos represented on the signs.

Parking is available on Flying Cloud Drive There is also spring well water, portable rest room, picnic tables

Victoria Price, Director Writers Rising Up, a 501 C-3 non-profit www.writersrisingup.org writersrisingup@yahoo.com

The Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail is located at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area 18700 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, MN, 55347 Conservation Area adjacent the Minnesota River 1/6 mile past Lions Tap Restaurant

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Sarah Belcourt
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Great trails with a lot of different terrain. Loved it!

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Katy Carlson
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Hiking

Great trail! Beautiful views. Steep hills and steps, but worth it at the top.

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archana manohar
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Confusing

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Lauren Sitzman
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Hiking

a great hike! a cool spot to go and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!

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Gabrielle Vohnoutka
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Hiking

Great easy trail for a nice calm evening hike!

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Turner Gunderson
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A big hill right away, part of the trail is very sandy, part is very wet, but the new paved trail to the side helps with that. Great lookout spots!

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Marion Rodgers
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Hiking

We went at a beautiful time of year. Trail was rustic with creeks and fallen trees. Fitbit counted 16 flights of stairs for this one.

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Ben Hoese
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Hiking

The best bluffside hiking in the metro.

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Tory Fedel
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Phil Mitchell
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Hiking

Nice trail. elevation change is not too difficult. could be muddy. snow and ice on the trail now.

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Lindsey Bergin
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Hiking

More of a moderately difficult trail, but nice views!

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Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail
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Fall Colors Tour October 19 at the EFEIT/RTA 10 to 12 noon Free Public This is our last outing for 2014. There will be no excursions in 2015 due to construction on Hwy 101 and Flying Cloud Drive. Excursions will resume in 2016 in partnership with the city of Eden Prairie.

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Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail
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What's happening at the EFEIT/RTA this season? So far here are the events planned for 2014. All Excursions 10 to 12Noon FREE PUBLIC July 19- Cynthia Thomas and Yako Myers – Wildcrafting the EFEIT/RTA with Native American Herbalists Thomas and Myers Aug 9 - Minnesota Wildflowers – Botany and Imagineography at the EFEIT with online field guide expert from Minnesota Wildflowers October 19 Kate Havelin, author of “Best Hikes of the Twin Cities” will lead us through the EFEIT/RTA Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area 18700 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 1/6 mile past Lions Tap Restaurant 10am to 12noon Free http://www.writersrisingup.org/news-from-the-trail/writers-rising-up-news/interpretive-trail-news/the-best-hikes-of-the-twin-cities

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Katy Tessman
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Alicia Bailey
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Leymer Rodriguez
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Joe Goodhart
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Allison Lee-Anne
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Rob Tinkham
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Becky Tupy
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Katie Tucker
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david holland
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Maggie Goshert
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Nick Rodriguez
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Jeremy Hale
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Brett Wood
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JL NotHere
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Jeffery Fleming
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Nick User
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Liza Grondahl
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