Explore the most popular forest 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.

I’ve trod this path many times. In my twenties lugging climbing gear and a sleeping sack to spend weekends at Carlton peak, climbing and exploring, the woods, the rock and myself. As a grown up, sharing the path with my wife, on the weekend of our engagement and later still, having traded climbing gear for children, with my daughters, showing them the beauty of the shore. This is a wonderful trail filled with memories both epic and fond. Take some time to make your own here.

Great views, but parts of the trail were becoming overgrown in July. Great hike with some hills.

Awesome trail with great views! Will definitely do again!

hiking
16 hours ago

Pleasant hike in the woods around swampy lakes and ponds. Trails are well-maintained and well-marked. Paved trails are intermittent in western side of park. Slight elevation changes. Park is in the suburbs near MSP so there is decent noise from the highways and airport.

nature trips
1 day ago

Took my 12yr and 9yr niece yesterday! We reached the top but I didn’t look at this app beforehand, I just went on a recommendation. Def have good hiking boots with ankle support and bring water and backpack to have your hands free, and bug spray they got bad as we were getting out. Fun hike!

It’s about 7 miles round trip. Took us about 4 hours with breaks. It’s a very rocky trail but it’s worth it for those views.

We loved it! Nice picnic area, swimming beach and ranger station.

Beautiful woody park in Mankato, MN. Lots of trails.

Went from co rd 50 into Shingobee Rec area and back. Great trail! Clean and not overgrown but small enough and still gives that natural feeling. Bugs weren’t bad (middle August). Never saw another person.

lots of rocks path was overgrown but still a good time

walking
2 days ago

went with my family, was a nice surprise to see sculptures throughout the park. we had a great time. family friendly and very pet friendly!

great trail for walking with our dog. also good for biking.

road biking
3 days ago

Avon to Melrose is a nice relaxing ride. a few bumps that should be repaired. Big plus is its quite and few others to contend with.

Great hike today with my sister and daughter. Perfect conditions: dry, cool sunshine with a breeze. Great views of Superior as well as Bean and Bear Lakes. Very enjoyable hike, will do it again! Would love to do it in the fall when the hardwoods are at their prime.

on Cannon Valley Trail

road biking
4 days ago

Great trail from Cannon Falls to Red Wing! Many spots on the trail you can see the river and the surrounding bluffs. Had some open areas with lots of wild flowers to enjoy also. We even had a deer cross the trail right in front of us!! And there were many other birds and wildlife that was present too

Some steep terrain but mostly moderate. Great views of Lake Superior at multiple points towards the beginning. Even better views on the scenic overlook spur, you can see Isle Royale on a clear day. The falls themselves are a good spot to stop for lunch, keep your eye out for boundary markers on the rock out croppings. The sign at the beginning of the trail advises against going in the water due to leeches and giardia which was unfortunate.

Great trail! We brought our dog and she loved it. Fairly shaded with tree cover. Beautiful scenic areas. Highly recommend

5 star as long as the water isn't high.

My favorite is early spring when falls are mostly still frozen to late spring with lots of wildflowers. muddy in spring past the falls but great for kids.

One of the best in the area.

trail running
7 days ago

Simple Trail, Paved just a nice walk or Jog around the lake . Can get pretty crowded and parking can get a little ruff. Overall Nice trail!

This trail offers great views of the lake and bay. We hiked in August and overgrown vegetation was on parts of the trail. Bring bug spray!

Nice short hike to the Kabetogama Lake. Connecting with the Blind Ash Bay trail makes for a longer 3.4 mile in and out with great views of the lake and bay.

Very easy walk, mostly paved. I don’t recommend the lake loop, you end up walking alongside busy city streets and in neighborhoods.

hiking
7 days ago

Fairly flat terrain with wonderful foliage.....quiet and very peaceful Sunday morning......short but sweet!

Horse trails not hiking trails. Trails damaged to the point of near impassibility. Even trails marked as hikers only were heavily trafficked by horses.

Beautiful scenery. Paved path options. The floating wood path over the water is a little weird at first, but pretty cool.

Note that the garden has limited hours and does not open until 7:30 AM. The gate was unlocked, but I guess I play by the rules. The trail itself is wonderful. Signage not so much. Kind of easy to get turned around. Lots more trails outside the actual garden.

walking
8 days ago

You can run, walk, or even road bike the lake walk. Currently it's under construction due to a severe storm this past year that tore it apart so a small piece of it is blocked off but you can still get through! Just have to share the way with bicyclists. I've spent my whole life on this lake walk enjoying it and it never gets old.

gorgeous hike.

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