Explore the most popular river 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.

walking
9 hours ago

Paved trails on the south side of the lake, and the wooden path between lakes, are lovely. The natural trail on the north side of Crosby is pretty muddy in spots...I suggest long pants if you’re not going to keep to the paved trails. Water appears to be down, so everything seemed to be open.

nature trips
17 hours ago

Took my 12yr and 9yr niece yesterday! We reached the top but I didn’t look at this app beforehand, I just went on a recommendation. Def have good hiking boots with ankle support and bring water and backpack to have your hands free, and bug spray they got bad as we were getting out. Fun hike!

lots of rocks path was overgrown but still a good time

road biking
3 days ago

Avon to Melrose is a nice relaxing ride. a few bumps that should be repaired. Big plus is its quite and few others to contend with.

on Cannon Valley Trail

road biking
4 days ago

Great trail from Cannon Falls to Red Wing! Many spots on the trail you can see the river and the surrounding bluffs. Had some open areas with lots of wild flowers to enjoy also. We even had a deer cross the trail right in front of us!! And there were many other birds and wildlife that was present too

Some steep terrain but mostly moderate. Great views of Lake Superior at multiple points towards the beginning. Even better views on the scenic overlook spur, you can see Isle Royale on a clear day. The falls themselves are a good spot to stop for lunch, keep your eye out for boundary markers on the rock out croppings. The sign at the beginning of the trail advises against going in the water due to leeches and giardia which was unfortunate.

The trail is much longer than stated and is not accurate to the map online. The trail is around 6 miles long due to modifications to the trail.

One of the best in the area.

It was okay had some cliffs but mostly flat land

trail running
6 days ago

Open today, August 13. It is a flat, shaded trail—nice on a hot day like today. You can add on miles by running from Minnehaha Falls area, Minnehaha Creek, etc.

This trail offers great views of the lake and bay. We hiked in August and overgrown vegetation was on parts of the trail. Bring bug spray!

Nice short hike to the Kabetogama Lake. Connecting with the Blind Ash Bay trail makes for a longer 3.4 mile in and out with great views of the lake and bay.

Horse trails not hiking trails. Trails damaged to the point of near impassibility. Even trails marked as hikers only were heavily trafficked by horses.

First, the trail surrounding are beautiful: rolling prairies and dense woods. I'm not sure I'd come back thought because of how bad the trails are marked. My friend and I took the map and planned out a 5.7 mile hike. it turned into right under 8 miles because of the wrong turns. I didn't realized I'd need to use orienteering more for a simple trail.

trail running
9 days ago

Pretty trail, pretty flat. Current conditions are a bit swampy and muddy (bikers beware) and the cement bridge at mile 1.8 is currently closed (due to flooding perhaps), but many were crossing anyways.

trail running
9 days ago

Great trail— the State Park website says it’s open again. Any reports on if this is true?

hiking
11 days ago

A nice mix between river valley, forest, and prairie. Took me about 2 hours (at a meandering pace).

It's an okay trail, however the way the trail is displayed here is not as accurate as it could be...you'd be better off using this as a second back-up option to getting a map from the local area instead.
ON TOP OF THIS, this waterfall loop is NOT associated with Jay cooke state park. It needs to stop being advertised as if it is. plus it's not much if a waterfall but during the summer right now a dried up river area. I live near by AND work in the area so this app needs to update it's info. DO NOT refer to it as a part of jay cooke park or as a waterfall...it's really not.

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.

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

Beautiful trail, the bluffs are fun but i thought the maps weren’t very clear. Dogs ARE okay if they are leashes. Would definitely do this loop again :)!

nature trips
13 days ago

The trail was fun. Wear good boots, it’s rocky and full of tree roots in some sections. Pretty much just walking in the woods. Not much of a view or anything until you get to the waterfall, but man is it a cool waterfall!

The hiking club trail and waterfall trail were awesome! On the map online, it showed that you could get to a trail that went right along the Minnesota river. The online map is wrong. Use the maps at the park. We tried getting to the river trail and went almost 2 miles through mud, fallen trees, and wet ground before we gave up. It was a great adventure but not an easy one!

hiking
14 days ago

What a great spot! It’s in town but you feel like you’re not. If you have lots of time, it’s great. If you’re on your lunch, you can do a quick loop.

This is a Workout! 1:30 out. 1:10 back. 6.3 miles of an obstacle course of rocks and roots.
Enjoying the summit with your family...priceless.
A nice place to enjoy snacks with a view.

Great rolling hills

on Cannon Valley Trail

road biking
20 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful views of the bluffs and river. Easy 40 mile round trip from Cannon Falls to Red Wing.

hiking
21 days ago

Second time here with a friend..... what can be said really? Great hike, beautiful views, wonderful northern MN hiking experience. Highly recommend

Love this trail. It's surrounded by trees and is very peaceful!

road biking
21 days ago

Very well maintained and very popular. There’s steady traffic on the weekends, but be sure to bring bug spray lots and lots of bug spray. There’s stagnant water through the valley.

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