Explore the most popular lake 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.

Scenic and well maintained urban path

Hiked just after the fresh snowfall and it was absolutely beautiful. You feel like you’re in a winter wonderland. Highly recommend the trail in all seasons.

I really like the trail it's nice for a guy that just started mountain bike riding

This lake has been officially renamed to its Dakota name: Bde Maka Ska. Busy on beautiful days, but two paved lanes - so bikers don’t have to dodge walkers and vice versa. It has one of the loveliest views of lake in the fairground and the city in the back.

This is an amazingly flowy trail!!!

trail running
9 days ago

Ran with my dog on trail in early November. Trail was nice except for a couple spots that had mud that we could easily get around. There was also some construction at trail head by Cedar Avenue. It looked to be almost complete with a nice new parking area. I would use again.

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.

Nice trail for a quick walk/run. Nice lake but a lot of traffic noise

trail running
13 days ago

This is overall an easy trail. The only moderate section is along trail section #2 as there are a couple of climbs. I run this trail 1-2 time a week. I generally start at the parking lot by the swim area and take the Esker trail (#1) along Bertram lake to #2 to the #3 loop and return back on #2 and take the Esker trail along Long lake. This is a 5 mile run. It’s also a great hike that has some variation lots to look at. It’s a wise well maintained trail.

There are also 8 miles of single track that is used primarily by mountain bikers. I’ve only run a few miles of that during sanction trail runs. These are a bit more challenging as the topography changes a bit quicker than the walking/hiking trail.

It's an OK trail. pretty straight the whole way. Goes along the south side of Black dog lake. Comes out by the xcel energy plant. Able to see some birds and possibly otters.

hiking
16 days ago

The trail was fine, there was no moose though. There is a super cool car in the woods though!

Incredibly easy trail that is wheel chair accessible. Went on a cloudy rainy day would have loved to seen the bay more!

Great hiking trails.

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.

Excellent escape into the wilds of northern Minnesota. Great campsites for small tents. I recommend a freestanding tent as some of the sites have little area to set spikes as they are located on rock facia. Bring good hiking shoes too as some of the portages can be rugged and mucky. Nothing more ironic than getting foot blisters on a canoe trip.

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.

Simple. Easy. Lots of up hill. Very natural and the river sounds and views are beautiful. Bring your camera.

Went for a run on a rainy October afternoon. Lovely trails, lovely views, and not a single other person out there!

Easy, relaxing and beautiful.

Light rain falling but still safe until the rock climb to the top, hug the left side, as the rock is slippery. Beautiful overlook.

FYI, this trail is called Willard Munger State Trail, not William. This may cause confusion for people looking for it.

Really depends on your mindset. If you’re expecting a national park, you will be disappointed. However; for a small regional park in the metro this place was great!

Fantastic trails that were a ton of fun!! Great family fun!!

hiking
25 days 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.

hiking
27 days ago

The park was beautiful in all of it’s fall colors today. Easy walk through open fields and wooded areas with just enough birds around to count the hike as a birding walk as well.

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
28 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.

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

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