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Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail

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Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area

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.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 124 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

1 month ago

Great easy trail for a nice calm evening hike!

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!

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.

11 months ago

The best bluffside hiking in the metro.

Sun Jan 21 2018

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

Sat Jul 01 2017

More of a moderately difficult trail, but nice views!

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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Sat May 10 2014

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

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