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
9 days ago

This was a fun and easy jaunt along one of Lake Superior’s sandier shorelines. My 5 year old at the time had no trouble navigating the trail under the pines, and we were all thrilled to explore the beach and the driftwood structures left by others. Great bird watching, if you take a moment to lift your gaze. (Hiked April/2015)

walking
16 days ago

This time of year and especially because of the recent weather, most of the trail is a solid mess of ice. It's still a quiet relaxing walk through the woods with great riverside views. No inclines, dog/bike/running/kid friendly.

A OK

walking
1 month ago

A very enjoyable walk in the woods.

This is my favorite hiking trail in Minnesota. It's consistent incline and keeps the heart rate up. I love it! In the winter make sure to wear snow shoes or spikes as it was very dangerously slippery last year.

Really gorgeous and rarely very busy. It’s a gem, so close to the Twin Cities.

walking
2 months ago

A lovely, easy hike. Can get crowded on summer days.

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on 11/16/18. It was 20 degrees with roughly 4” of snow and it was snowing, a slow snow globe like snow. Beautiful! Lots of moose and deer tracks but never saw any wildlife. Trail was rocky in places but it was covered with snow. The places you had to cross over water were not frozen and the planking was covered with snow so you needed to be cautious, only slid off once. Was wearing my Sorels so I never had to worry about wet feet. The hike had a few steep areas but the view, before the actual summit was breathtaking. It looked so amazing with the trees snow covered. Pictures didn’t do justice. We were in and out in 3 and a half hours.

It was a long and little hard trail. We didn’t have any snacks to help with the hike. We got very hungry.

I wouldn’t describe it as hard, more easy to moderate. Definitely very rocky for long stretches but the incline was gentle and not strenuous. Pretty views just shy of the summit. Actual summit is just a plaque - no views. Brought two small dogs and they dominated it but were very tired afterwards. A few stream crossing were a little underwater but definitely do-able. Worth checking out for the fresh air, gorgeous lake views, and an enjoyable time in nature.

on Hidden Falls Trail

walking
2 months ago

Not much of a challenge. Ground, mostly level walking surface. Interesting views off trail near the river. Interior all trees. Some large downed trees across the path in several places to maneuver around/over/under.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful crisp fall day. The Mt. Tom trail was just right amount of climbing and views. There probably could be a few more signs marking trail intersections. Will definitely be back to this trail!!

nice view. full loop is about 5mi. all paved except for a small section of bridge over a swamp. Vet Memorial is really cool to check out.

completed 10/11/18. super wet crossings and trail washed out in places. wasn't undoable but be ready for wet feet. Gators definitely recommended and walking stick or trekking poles. took my time with trail conditions and it being my first time there, out and back in under 4 hours. had a dusting of snow that day too, made for super beautiful scenery.

The trail is beautiful but completely closed at 35w. It is under several feet of water and impassable. I am not sure why all trails doesn’t show the trail starting earlier since there are trailheads to the east which would allow longer hikes. You can see these on the map and access these between 77s and MOA off of old shakopee road.

hiking
3 months ago

As much as I enjoy this park for its bison conservation program and the new safari-style range tour, the trail system leaves something to be desired. It's cool to experience a restored prairie like this, but because of the parks relatively small size and lack of forest cover, you'd be hard-pressed to find a spot in the park that would disguise the surrounding farm silos and barns.

That said, the cart-in camping area is great, and is tucked back in a small wooded area near the river. We spend a night there in October and had the campground to ourselves.

Great trails! Many cliff overlooks, a few areas of steep bluff trails, and a lot of beautiful nature. I went a few days after heavy rain and only found a couple of small muddy areas. Met only 3 other people while on the trail, extremely quiet and peaceful! Would not recommend small children, some areas of trails are narrow at some areas of bluffs.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful easy trail between the Minnehaha Falls and Mississippi River. Also very close by is great off-leash dog park.

hiking
3 months ago

The summit is a pretty good workout. The view from the summit was awesome, although it started snowing and blowing pretty hard right when we got there. I imagine it would be stunning on a clear day with sunshine. There was a few spots along the way where you’re going to get wet unless you have the right footwear.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike in the fall with great autumn colors overlooking north shore Lake Superior. I would rate this one as moderate instead of difficult. Also I had no problems with dog off-leash if you do it during the week instead of weekend.

Love that you can be all alone often on this trail, yet right in town! There are great views of the river throughout!

Went on this trail in winter and was easy to navigate even with deepish snow.

Beautiful views. Spectacular fall colors.

Great hike and views. The fall colors were just starting to change. Trail is very Rocky in places. About a mile into the trail there is a flooded portion due to the rain and Beaver dam (had to deal with 3 to 6" of water for about 10').

hiking
3 months ago

Breathtaking views at the top, especially with the fall colors this time of year! Difficult is a pretty good description for this hike, not due to elevation change (you only start the real climb the last 1/4 of the hike, maybe a half hour of climbing tops) but the footing the whole hike is a challenge - almost never a flat foot between rocks and roots. That said, we saw kids, dogs, and even elderly with crutches complete this hike so its doable for anyone with the willingness to do it! As of yesterday, the "bridges" that cross the stream at the early part of the hike are underwater, so your feet will get wet!

It’s funny how oddly anti-climactic it is seeing the beginning of the Mississippi. But a BEAUTIFUL spot, nice easy hike. The park has lots of information about the river & the discovery of the headwaters at an info center at this trailhead.

Rode the section from Waite Park to Collegeville yesterday. Very nice ride. Stopped at Bo Diddleys in St Joe for lunch. Delicious! Looking forward to doing it again when the fall colors pop.

Good trail. Nice variety.

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