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Scenic and well maintained urban path

Beautiful walk with waterfall

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
10 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.

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.

Great area to see frogs, birds, old farms, and other animals. Be careful of weather, area gets flooded easily with heavy rainfall. nice wetland area to hike around

on Hidden Falls Trail

walking
16 days ago

Not much of a challenge. Ground, mostly level walking surface. Interesting views off trail near the river. Interior all trees. Some large downed trees across the path in several places to maneuver around/over/under.

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.

The trail is beautiful but completely closed at 35w. It is under several feet of water and impassable. I am not sure why all trails doesn’t show the trail starting earlier since there are trailheads to the east which would allow longer hikes. You can see these on the map and access these between 77s and MOA off of old shakopee road.

Awesome view of the bluffs and the river! Well maintained trails.

23 days ago

Fun trail with great views

hiking
28 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.

hiking
30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

Went on this trail in winter and was easy to navigate even with deepish snow.

1 month ago

Walked the WeWalk Marathon on this trail from St Bonifacius 13.1 miles west past New Germany and back to St Bono. Can’t seem to get that section to show by its a great flat trail. Not many benches or toilets.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely area but super flooded right now

Great walk! Easy to do. The garden isn’t open to dogs (unless service), but the walk around is gorgeous. Costs just $1/hr for parking.

I love it here. An oasis in the city. Shhh don’t tell too many people

I love finding unpaved trails.

This is mainly a mountain biking trail but can easily be hiked as well. It makes for a challenging hike, and weaves back and forth through the trees!

rock climbing
1 month ago

So fun, took the hardest trail to the top and wasn't disappointed. Many trails to try will definetly be going back.

Beat the heat and went early. Walked opposite the bikers so it was easy to step aside. Friendly people enjoying the trail.

Be aware, when you hit the directions button from the AllTrails app, it takes you to a neighborhood where a trail isn’t obvious. Likewise, when you type the park into the Apple maps app, it does the same but in a different neighborhood. I eventually found the parks entrance on the east side of the park, off Lexington. The trail is kind of hard to navigate at times, and I found myself turning around while following a false lead. However, it does feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere at times and there were lots of awesome mushrooms I spotted along the trail.

road biking
2 months ago

Fun trail! Fountain to lanesboro is mostly downhill. Nice easy ride!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Go in the morning to avoid crowds.

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