Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Minneapolis 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

Beautiful walk with waterfall

trail running
13 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.

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.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Lovely stroll through the gentrified old milling district

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

hiking
2 months ago

Go in the morning to avoid crowds.

Super nice hike with a lot of lush green tall trees, on the Mississippi River with a sparkling refreshing waterfall! The food stop “Se salt” had amazing seafood!

I didn’t make it around Bush Lake, but the Highland Lake trail was beautiful. Very peaceful. No dogs allowed on the hiking (non paved) trails—but of course I saw one off the leash .

Nice place to stretch the legs, I just prefer less people and noise (lots of airplanes).

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail with good paths. Start at the falls and stroll to the Mississippi. A nice walk.

walking
3 months ago

Short hike, with beautiful up close view of the falls. Great place to visit in either winter or summertime!

No dogs allowed on unpaved trails. Otherwise it is a decent walk.

road biking
3 months ago

it was a bit busy for our liking but still a wonderful time

trail running
3 months 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!

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
3 months ago

Fun, easy, good for kids and dogs. Beautiful views of Minnehaha Falls.

walking
3 months ago

Great trails with lots of diversity. Harriet is quiet and shaded. Calhoun is loud and busy. Lakes of the Isles is open and has a dog park. My favorite is Lake Harriet where I “forget” that I’m in the city.

walking
3 months ago

Nice trail with some busy parts. Great for kids and dogs. Mostly walkers and runners. Can get pretty busy on the weekends. Part of the trail is a bridge that is shared by cars but the sidewalk is very spacious. Folks fish off the banks and there are a scattering of boats. I always feel safe walking this trail.

Beautiful, quiet. A nice retreat from nearby Calhoun trail. Sometimes live music. Clean paved trail with moderate amounts of tree coverage. You forget you are in the city.

walking
3 months ago

Easy. Kid and dog friendly.

Cute, short, right on the river and near downtown Minneapolis. Can be pretty busy. Urban.

This hike is excellent for a quick escape into nature if you live in or near Minneapolis. Took the kids 6 & 9 and they really enjoyed it. Already asked to go back and bring some friends. There is a playground with swimming beach nearby as well. Perfect for a relaxing weekend day with a picnic. Nature programs almost everyday. The visitors center had a case with monarch butterflies emerging. The kids were amazed. Lots of birds and butterflies as well as wildflowers. Nice escape from the city.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful, relaxing

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