Explore the most popular trail running 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.

trail running
2 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!

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

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
7 days 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.

Great trail! Paved with lots of walkers, bikers, and skaters. Fairly well lite. Some parts of the trail are in rough neighborhoods. Great commuter trail as it’s easy to access and travels through many places.

Beautiful, relaxing

This is a fun place to go viewing with friends and family members. If you go on the trail below the falls, there is a nice trail with wooden walkways over the marshy parts. The trail is quite easy, but the rolling falls and the river is beautiful for the entire hike.

Great Trail! Recommend to ware decent shoes as some area's are a bit ruff due to rain.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail with many amazing ohhh-ahhh moments along the way.

Love it! Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

This is an amazing trail that offers a rustic hiking experience in the middle of the city. Along the way there are scenic overlooks, secluded beaches, waterfalls (well, glorified stormwater outfalls, really), and some cool old WPA-era infrastructure. There's a main path that is partially paved; there are also multiple dirt side trails if you want something more challenging or that hugs a little closer to the shoreline. It connects at various points with West River Parkway Trail, so you can make it as short or long as you want.

Beautiful park with easy trails. Usually overcrowded on weekends.

Flat hike with good wildlife viewing. Saw family of mallard ducks, family of Canada geese, redwinged blackbirds, egrets, a beaver, and a deer. Interesting floating boardwalk over wetland. Location is very suburban: surrounded by interstate and apartments with an airport nearby. Overall, a nice easy hike, but no quiet and solitude.

The trail is beautiful and very green. It smells very fresh and the river that goes along the trail adds a very nice aesthetic affect. There are many places to take photos. There is a park prior to the trial that is very big and offers a great place to have a picnic. All in all, very highly recommend.

road biking
2 months ago

Easy peasy, just avoid the crowds of the weekend and holidays. Great cross town connector.

The steps are all still blocked off, so we only walked around the upper area. It's a beautiful scene though!

Great trail for running!

Very busy, but a nice easy hike with some good views.

Pretty views, but extremely busy at times.

walking
3 months ago

My kid and I loved it.

It's so pleasant to hear the rushing water while you're walking!

Nice short loop.

We love Wood Lake! The boardwalk is a highlight, as are the great horned owl who live in the park. Very easy walking trails, but awesome to have access to in the city.

walking
7 months ago

This is an easy loop for sure. It's great when there's lots of water in Minnehaha creek as the falls are impressive then. I've only seen it then in photos, not in person. You walk to the end where the confluence of the creek meets the mighty Mississippi. The day I was there the flow was pretty low over the falls. But it was a nice walk in the fall and worth doing.

Great trail for biking, walkers have their own trail. Do this when I’m short on time and want to get an exercise ride in!

Nice views and great place for running/walking.

Very easy going and the view of the water was calming

hiking
9 months ago

Kids (5, 8, 13) loved this trail! Not too hard for the little guys, but long enough to wear them out ;) Well-maintained, lots of benches for resting, trash cans along the trail.

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