Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

Nice little suburban trail - very underused but kept up nicely. On a few spots you can see a road or some houses, but for the most part it is private and has lots of different types of trees and scenery. Almost makes you forget you are in a city. The loops are broken up into 3 trails so you can mix and match depending on how long you want to hike or how much time you have. There is a park at the trailhead with parking and portable stalls. My kids enjoy this one, pretty relaxing hike. Good spot to see some wildlife. Occasionally you will see some bikers on the trail but everyone has been respectful. I have gone back a few times, it's a nice little hike.

Fun, quick, scenic

Love this place! Had a great time with my kid here. Be a responsible parent and watch your children. There are some dangerous places a child could end up if not supervised. Well kept trails, and very beautiful scenery. Highly recommend!

The trail is pretty steep as far as trails in the Midwest go. It's beautiful at the top, your staring at two different countries and the largest freshwater lake in the world, how can you beat that?! For less experienced hikers I would advise to just take your time, it's not that bad.

Went up there with my 8 year old and 13 year old. Took awhile but we all did it. Was beautiful

Not really what I was expecting. Great park for kids though. Very busy.

Great I have been up there many times

easy hike with the kids

Great little trail with beautiful views. Get there early to avoid crowds. I arrived around 9 am on a Saturday and didn’t have trouble. When I was leaving the park was packed full!

6 months ago




While canoeing Disappointment Lake we came across 5 lost hikers that were walking in the lake along the shoreline; we ended up transporting them and their kit to a portage/(Little part) of the trail that still exists. Turns out they tried hiking this trail, got lost in the blowdown, and then made the decision try and find their way out in the lake as compared to fighting the woods on a trail that is buried..

Everyone in the group was drenched, it had been raining the past 36 hours, lucky for them the temps were in the low 60's... Still a recipe for disaster..

Giving a 1 star because there is not a skull and crossbones..

6 months ago

Fun to do once! Long but not overly challenging. Most of the trail was SUPER muddy when we went.

Pretty overgrown, but very quiet. Steep in some parts, but not overly challenging. Fun to see some very old creepy abandoned cars on the way. The view was great, wish we would have gone earlier in the day to appreciate it longer. Bring bug spray!

on Middle Falls

7 months ago

The middle falls trail is roughly 5 miles long roundtrip. It's not easy by any means, and not meant for the casual hiker - small children will not do well on this hike. Hiking shoes are recommended. You will get muddy. We saw a family with 3 small kids, all in flip flops turn around after struggling to make it through. It's a lot of uphill/downhill rugged terrain through the forest; much of which is walking through tree roots, rocks and a lot of mud. It's probably one of the most rewarding hikes with the beautiful, intimate forest setting. Great deer viewing.

7 months ago

This recreation area has several nice, quiet trails of various lengths. Used for cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Good signage.

Popular hike that passes 5 river waterfalls. On the harder side of easy due to large number of steps. Interpretive signs help explain the North Shore's long geological history. Overall, a good introduction to North Shore hiking.

Loop hike along the Laurentian Divide, the east-west divide between Lake Superior and Hudson Bay. There is a maze of trails involving the Fitness Trail near the trailhead; follow the blue diamonds to get out of the Fitness Trail area and onto the "real" hiking trails. Trail goes mostly through forest with a few open rock outcrops. The national forest's literature mentions overlooks, but I never came to anything I would call an overlook, at least not during the summer. Watch out for rocks hiding among tall grass on the southern part of the loop: I sprained my ankle when I stepped on the side of such a rock.

We went there for our first time today. It has awesome hiking trails. The scenery is beautiful. We saw a few deer and lots of pretty flowers. I definitely wanna go back. The camping area is cool too.

Great family friendly walking trails. Absolutely awesome picnic area down on lake superior.

Loved it!!! Well kept trails and clean bathrooms at the office.

We could not find the cross country trail. The maps were confusing and the trails were poorly marked. Most of the trails appeared to be poorly maintained. We ended up following a different route on an asphalt path that was relatively straight and easy to travel.

Bound to get lost

heavily populated trail. very short hike to the falls. worth the quick stop along hwy 61

You'll find any easy "fitness trail" in the beginning, which is a nice wide trail to stretch your legs if you are traveling and stop at this rest stop. Many of the obstacles for the fitness part need to be redone as they are falling apart, though. If you continue on past the first Loop, there are many different trails. Some of them go straight up, and many various levels of difficulty are found here. We spend a lot of time here as it's only 5 minutes from our house, but you can feel like you're in the middle of nowhere.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beautiful trail. Heavily trafficked though. If you have time, take the trail starting at by the campgrounds and follow the cliffs against Lake Superior and up the side of the river for the best panoramic. Just going through the parking lot and to the falls is all paved and doesn't really count as a hike in my opinion - or as a real visit to what the park as to offer. This park has more than just the main falls; check it all out!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's a long trail, but not overly difficult. Every time you think you're there (hear the water), you're not even close! It provides beautiful outlooks on both the Lake Superior side and the west side over the forest.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Great trails all year-round. Many different loops for xc-skiing, hiking, running or walking. There is a small fitness loop with equipment for workout activities then larger loops for hiking and skiing. A few hidden spots for rock climbing are used by local groups and 7+ miles of single track bike trail has been added in the recent years by a few hardworking people and trail crews. Terrain is easy to moderate for hiking and skiing with trails all marked with difficulty. There is also a small shelter located at the far east-end of the long loop.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Extremely well cared for trail. Perfect for walking, running, rollerblading and biking! The distance is perfect to get you ready for a 5k (or something longer, of course).

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gorgeous! Wasn't a hike, more like a scenic, elevated walk with loads of other people, but the views are amazing, and the area is beautiful. It's a closer-in trail, and so more easily accessible to those with a short amount of time and those who need something just off the highway. Very pretty, and we spent a good time longer there than anticipated because of the waterfalls. There is fishing also located off the trail.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Check the local postings about this one! There was a windstorm in July, and this trail is not yet fully clear. We hiked as far as we could (probably only about 2 miles in and back round trip) since we were there. This and the other nearby trail are not well groomed--we could tell the the often narrow trail isn't heavily used. We wouldn't recommend it in low light even when clear of the tree debris. We will try again, though, when the downed trees are removed and hopefully augment our review! Gorgeous area.

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