Explore the most popular hiking 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.

took a trip here in the fall: gorgeous and easy.

again in January, slippery as shit. wear ice cleats.

Check this area out. Today I came in from the Jordan end of trail. Did 7.3 miles. Easy trail. The ice is the problem now. As it is with most trails I've been on. Trail is on River. Runs into a maze of trails that is in the Louisville swamp area. Saw no other people. Would be tough to do this trail in warmer weather because of the mud. So get out and enjoy all this area before the spring thaw. Lots of peaceful miles of trails to enjoy.

Enjoyed the hike during winter time. Be sure to not go during the icy season. All trails would be mostly covered in ice.

great variance of grade!!

hiking
7 days ago

A family favorite as it is close to home but quiet enough to feel removed from the hustle and bustle of “suburb/city life”. Various trails boasting different arboreal species makes this park reserve nearly impossible to tire of, and perfect for an afternoon stroll through the woods. Yes, certain times of the year are more dreadful for flies, but it can be alleviated with adjusting your plans to come in a different season to avoid this annoyance.

Another beautiful south-central Minnesota trek. Wildflowers and river hills bring this hike to life and it’s not impossible to imagine what this land looked like before touched by humans. Be sure to save time for the falls. Up on the hill is the mill, which offers a serene spot for a rest and overlook of Minnesota’s river valley. We haven’t been back since the bison arrived, so this may effect trails.
(Hiked: A few times between 2005-2015)

walking
7 days ago

Sweeping prairie views, peppered with small lakes, rolling hills, and wooded paths. Take your bikes or simply your feet for a half day of enjoying the outdoors. All paved, and mostly open, so bring sunscreen and water.

hiking
7 days ago

Tucked away on the north end of Duluth, this was a pleasant hike. The views were beautiful and at times peaceful. It was a fairly high trafficked area, perhaps it was the day. Trail comes complete with various terrains, flowing water, and a nice waterfall. We hiked this with our family, a five year old and an English bulldog (who by no means was built for the great outdoors,) and all managed nicely. This trail is worth seeking out. (Hiked April/2015)

hiking
7 days ago

Louisville Swamp area is a gem. Just a short drive outside of the Twin Cities and along Hwy 169, but remote enough with this in mind. Nestled among an oak Savannah, the prairie trail curls down to follow the quiet and winding Minnesota river. Known to flood, plan accordingly, and be open to detours. There are old ruins of a farm from a bygone era, a rather large boulder from an even longer passed era, and vast and sweeping views of prairie and river. A quintessential south-central Minnesota landscaping, this hike is perfect for a weekend afternoon. (Hiked: October/2018)

A decent hike through north central Minnesota’s forest and rolling hills. Trail was good enough, perhaps it was a bad trail day for us, but we weren’t over the moon for this one. Occasional view stunners, but overall a mundane hike. Be careful, (as always,) of the grassy leg of this trail, as we were covered in wood ticks by the end. Every tick season is different, this one particularly nasty, so come prepared with proper gear and try to enjoy this forest respite. (Hiked: June/2017)

hiking
7 days ago

A peaceful forest respite among perhaps a noisier tourist’s “up north”. The trees are tall and creaky, the river slow and quiet. It was a beautiful hike spent amongst the crunch of pine needles under our feet and the sun seeping in from above. (Hiked June/2015)

hiking
7 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)

We hiked this on 12/23/18 at night (with headlamps; very dark!) after a beautiful snowfall. It had its challenges, but well worth the view, even at night.
My 8 year old was able to hike it with no problem in the snow. Trials are well blazed.

hiking
7 days ago

Quick winter hike. No trees on the trail and was nice and packed down for just boots.

Great winter hike. Two-hour loop, very few people. Great for the dog.

This trail is really nice and well paved. The only down side was that I wanted to take my dog down the dirt paths in the woods, but this time of year they are only allowed to be used by skiers. Kind of a bummer being I went there specifically for that reason, but over all still a nice area.

backpacking
10 days ago

Did the trail on 1-6-19. Temp in 30's. Trails were ice covered and muddy where they weren't. Did it with my dog. We did 9.3 miles as we hiked other connecting trails as part of our trip. Is a beautiful trail. We were on trail about 5 hours. But we did a leisurely pace. The All trails app kept me on track. Could have easily gotten of track without it. Only ran into 2other hikers at the end of trip close to trailhead. Highly recommend it. Going to hike in from Jordans end of it next time.

The trails are alright, but the fishing is even better. So many excellent trout fishing holes on this creek.

fishing
11 days ago

Beautiful, an absolute blast. If you enjoy trout fishing, bring your pole and catch your limit.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy trail if you love to explore the outdoors, watch out for horses.

hiking
11 days ago

Got a bit turned around but well worth it.

Beautiful trails, from prairie, to hardwoods, to swamp, to pines, and also a little lake. Has a smaller stroller sand wheelchair accessible paved trail loop, as well.

A great place to hike year round. Definitely wear spikes in the winter, the trek up and down at the beginning and end, gets real icy! If you have someone that needs an easier trek up in the beginning, the Duluth Traverse trail has a good path up with some switchbacks to break up the elevation. Beautiful sights, a neat hardwood Forrest with a lot of interesting vegetation to check out too!

Definitely a good winter trail. Easy, good workout and dog friendly

hiking
14 days ago

This is a surprising little gem! The terrain varies, you get a great view of the river valley, and it’s close to the Twin Cities. A couple warnings - it can be precarious on the downhills with snow/ice, and you have to park in the lot to the north as Flying Cloud drive is closed. Definitely recommend!!

walking
15 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.

Had a great hike today- well packed down, snowshoes not needed unless you want to walk the river, or off trail. At about 1.3 miles in we might’ve wanted our snowshoes but it was ok. We turned around at 1.7 to head back.

A great beautiful afternoon!!

on Northland Arboretum

cross country skiing
15 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. We did this in August of 2017 on our cross-country move from Boston to Seattle. The weather was perfect, and the views were breath taking

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