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

hiking
15 hours ago

Monitor water level before making a trip here. Best in the fall or before water gets high otherwise you will be walking through knee to thigh-high water part of the way to the bridge and when the water is high, the bugs will destroy!! Really awesome and easy when water level is down. My best guess is call Frontenac State Park and ask if there is water on the Sand Point trail. They probably know.

road biking
1 day ago

This trail is one of my favorites.

Beautiful, relaxing

hiking
10 days ago

pleasant trail. lots of other hikers and bikers, but everyone was friendly. we also saw lots of wildlife (variety of different birds, butterflies, and frogs) some segments are not passable due to flooding.

road biking
10 days ago

Awesome trail for long training rides! I only have done 27 miles out from St Joseph. Occasionally a bumpy section... but overall very good.

Trails aren’t marked well and the prairie loop trail wasn’t prairie grass but mowed weeds!!! Worst place to hike and see nature, sure not worth the $5 entrance fee!!!

hiking
10 days ago

Part of the paved trail near the river was flooded and a large tree was down over a bridge that made it impassable, but we were still able to take the trail to the hidden falls. Make sure to bring bug spray because the mosquitoes were large and plentiful. Would love to come back when things dry up a bit and really explore.

Fun hike, went with my parents and our dogs. Fairly easy trail for everyone. It took 2 hours to reach the summit, 1:45 to come back down (at mom's pace). Doable in 1:30 in and 1:30 out. Trail is well kept, downed logs were recently cleared.

It rained the night before so the bugs were very bad until we started accending. Make sure to bring bug spray. Was very cool out so there was lots of fog, so not much of a view at top for us. But it cleared a little on the decent so we got to see the summit as we rounded Whale Lake.

mountain biking
11 days ago

great view

This is a fun place to go viewing with friends and family members. If you go on the trail below the falls, there is a nice trail with wooden walkways over the marshy parts. The trail is quite easy, but the rolling falls and the river is beautiful for the entire hike.

hiking
13 days ago

We had a wonderful time on this hike with our son who got his 9th highpoint. My husband hiked this about 40 years ago so it was a trip down memory lane for him. I have been doing the stairs at work for 6 weeks as training for hiking and this was a pretty strenuous hike for me. It took us 4 1/2 hours with rain for the middle section. Lots of mosquitos and lots of rocks and boulders. The view was lovely at the top. My son who is in great shape rated this as easy. My husband who is in pretty good shape rated it moderate and for me in my late 50s it was moderately hard. There were about 20 or so other people on the trail some with young kids.It was a great way to spend the 4th of July.

Great Trail! Recommend to ware decent shoes as some area's are a bit ruff due to rain.

hiking
14 days ago

Wonderful trail with many amazing ohhh-ahhh moments along the way.

on Big Island Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful area - but I’m not sure I would rate the trail as kid friendly. There were a couple of fairly steep, rocky parts of the path that were hard for my kids to navigate. The beach and playground are great!

Love it! Beautiful!

Trail is maintained well, episodic nice views of the river. A bit muddy in places, only because hiking .after several days of rain.

It was a hot and muggy day at Whitewater State Park, but my sister and I really enjoyed our first visit here! Hiked the Chimney Rock Trail to Inspiration Point, and then we did the Trout Run Creek Trail. The one by the creek was especially nice because of a refreshing breeze coming off the water. Terrain on Chimney Rock to Inspiration Point was definitely more than “moderate”!

Beautiful park with easy trails. Usually overcrowded on weekends.

trail running
1 month ago

several options to run. if you run West of 35W it is pretty flat. if you run east of 35W it is flat if you keep close to the river or more hilly if you keep to the north. I enjoy nice quiet runs down there, there are bikes sharing the trail but overall a nice comradery amongst people who enjoy the great outdoors.

Beautiful waterfall was still froze when we went but fun to climb right near it.

on Crosby Farm Park

1 month ago

a nice, relaxing, extremely easy walk. all flat, shaded, part of it is along the river so you may see eagles or other interesting birds. can get muddy and buggy but it's not uncomfortable.

The trail is beautiful and very green. It smells very fresh and the river that goes along the trail adds a very nice aesthetic affect. There are many places to take photos. There is a park prior to the trial that is very big and offers a great place to have a picnic. All in all, very highly recommend.

road biking
1 month ago

Easy peasy, just avoid the crowds of the weekend and holidays. Great cross town connector.

great trail

Trail is well maintained and even lit in most places. The Pros: the lock bridge is a must see. The rapids are gorgeous and the locks placed on the fence is sentimental. The Ruins are also a must see. The ruins are a bit off the beaten path shortly after the bridge but not difficult to find. The rest of the trail was just ok. Nothing super fancy or truly scenic. I'd recommend playing disc golf on the way. The course is gorgeous! Biking would be amazing.

Beautiful day!

Much Paved and mostly flat from entrance off Shephard road. There are wooded path options and paths that lead back to the river - good to go exploring.

loved this hike - for those looking for some moderate elevation gain. this one is challenging in places - there is some fairly steep grades and exposure. wear good boots. i had trek poles which helped as well. we did this hike in reverse. the stairs along the main road entry point is the standard entry. you can enter it in reverse as well. whitewater state park is a treasure unbeknownst to many native minnesotans. make a day trip! such incredible panoramas.

hiking
1 month ago

A great day as we enjoyed the parks on our mobility scooters.

road biking
1 month ago

Woof this was not a fun trip. We went very early and while it was nice and empty it was BUGGY AF! We literally had to leave because we had mosquitos all over. Plus it smells pretty awful in some places, and there’s trash everywhere....if you were biking it would be fine but not for me. It had very pretty, thick tree coverage so I will give it two stars for that.

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