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Nice area on a beautiful day! My dog enjoyed the water. Would come back!

The 2 miles of straight paved path was a bit lackluster but still a great view!

hiking
23 hours 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.

We hiked a bit over a mile past the falls on the SHT. lots of fallen trees over the trail this time of year. many looked pretty fresh. great hike along the river. there was so much water for this time of year that it was hard to see the 'kettle'

Absolutely stunning!!!

hiking
2 days ago

As of today, the trail was open but there is still some minor flooding near the back part of the trail. So you can get about halfway but then have to turn back the way you came and cannot make the full loop. In any event, the trail is very nice and a quick three-mile getaway from the hustle and bustle. Parking is $7 if you don’t have a permit. Trail head is right next to the lot.

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 days ago

Awesome loop w/ some beautiful views. There is a decent amount of elevation change as well. Highly recommend this hike.

Just did this as a short trip last weekend, one day in / one day out. We camped at one of the two sites at Bear Lake and had the place all to ourselves. Highly recommend weeknight camping- we passed many parties heading out as we were hiking in Sunday night. It’s as muddy as everyone says, but worth it. The fall colors are stunning and the overlooks along the way surprised me. I wouldn’t camp any later than mid-October... it was real chilly when we weren’t moving and snow covered the ground when we woke up. Definitely a MN gem.

Awesome trail! Great hill and rewarding view at the top. Be warned that it is not accessible at this time, though, due to construction on Flying Cloud Drive.

Best views on the lake and gorgeous views of the Temperance river as well. A family favorite for years.

really cool and the fall/kettle is worth it but lots of stairs at the end.

Not bad. Overlook was very pretty with great views, but the trail was a wide cross country ski trail, so it didn't feel real rustic.

very nice place to hike and the hidden falls was well worth the trip. Really appreciate how well navigated the pathes are. Good place to take your dog and enjoy the area.

I loved this hike. I was my first hike on the Northshore. I felt like this was rugged yet not hard. My dog did well. The views of this trail are amazing.

Pleasant and easy hike from the Kettle River Overlook. The parking is a little far from the park entrance, but worth it. We had our lunch at Big Eddy at the picnic table. There is also a vault toilet at Big Eddy. Fall colors were near peak, but no sun to make them really pop.

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

Was nice but tweaked me ankle

Somewhat rocky and uneven ground. Beautiful scenery along the river!

Bubbling brooks, deep woods, beautiful overlooks, breathtaking in Autumn

Great views...beautiful fall colors and easy terrain.

I generally do the short hike from the trail head this is the first time I hiked from the Temperance river trailhead and LOVED IT. The first 3 miles of this hike are easy and the last half mile is moderate to difficult. I loved the amazing views of the Temperance River. There are lots of short excursion trails by the river where you can get better views. The last part of the hike around Carlton Peak is a bit irregular and a more challenging. Great views from the summit and Ted Tofte overlook.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful fall color. We were able to do a loop rather than out and back. If you do the south trail to the bluff and then head toward the River there are stairs that go down and then you walk a trail along the river back to the trailhead.

This is not an “easy” hike. I would rate it moderate+. I also recommend trekking poles if you’re doing the actual loop. Definitely go counter clockwise if you start at 61 as Trout Creek may be impassable depending on rain it was tricky today but doable. It took me about 5.5 hours as I’m a chicken and was very cautious on the descents. Overall the trail is a lot of fun. The terrain changes and there are a lot of creeks to cross and amazing views of the river. There was some confusion at county rd 45 regarding where the west trail begins.. cross the bridge and walk until you come to a guard rail that is the start of the west part of the loop. You’ll see a large SHT placard. Enjoy!

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.

This trail was difficult with a lot of ups and downs, but the terrain offered a lot of variety making the effort worth it. It was absolutely beautiful, and I would highly recommend it!

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.

Good hike with some nice views over the lake. The number of hikers can be high on weekends.

Great trail for day or weekend hike. Great rocky overlooks on both sides of angleworm lake. # of hikers can be moderate to heavy on early fall weekends to view beautiful fall colors.

walking
7 days ago

Really amazing trail! Stunning views and those fall colors are breathtaking!

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