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.

3 days ago

Easy and nice loop around pike island. Hiking shoes a must right now as it’s pretty muddy and slick in areas. Enjoyed getting out today and excited for spring. Easy parking as well. Make sure to get vehicle day or annual pass and have it out on dash.

Metal cleats made the hike an awesome day

Nice, easy trail. We seen a lot of wildlife. The turkeys were in the tree's. We also seen eagles and deer.

Beautiful early spring hike

It was winter so some melted snow was a damper but lovely paved trail for winter dog walking.

Easy walk, very cool to see the confluence of the rivers. Great bird watching, too.

probably the best and one of the busiest now trails in the Twin Cities if you go here after work on a weekday there's a lot of bikers the path is fairly new in great shape and has spectacular views of the Mississippi River in St Paul at sunset

Great any time of year. MicroSpikes can be a big help in certain spots in winter.

Awesome hike. Trail for the most part is well maintained. Gets hard to follow when you first get to Whale Lake, but just keep going straight. You'll feel the last 1/2 mile in your legs but easily doable. Finished roundtrip in just about 3 hours.

Fun, quick, scenic

1 month ago

Great hike. Beautiful fall day, overcast, 50 degrees. A number of muddy spots to step through or step around. Lots of rocks and tree roots to deal with. One water crossing to be made, guaranteed to get your feet wet. Five hour round trip for two 65 year-olds including a half hour lunch at the top.

Love this place! Had a great time with my kid here. Be a responsible parent and watch your children. There are some dangerous places a child could end up if not supervised. Well kept trails, and very beautiful scenery. Highly recommend!

Love this place for hiking. Unfortunately, people don't realize how beautiful their parks are, or never visit them.

1 month ago

Being local, we use this trail quite frequently for just going on nice walks. There are many places to stop and rest, and some little shelter cabin type buildings to take shelter in if you are lucky enough to be near one if weather turns. Trail is maintained well. May see all kinds of wildlife and livestock. No predator animals to be weary of. This is not Grizzly country, and black bears are Extremely rare, but are spotted once in a blue moon. Highly recommend. Lanesboro has many places to visit also, everybody is friendly. Also do the trail to Rushford from Lanesboro. Old Barn Resort is a nice place to stop to eat on the trail.

on Crosby Farm Park

1 month ago

Visited in winter. Kid friendly. Quiet get away from city noises.

1 month ago

A small park that has a nice short loop along the river that I use for trail running loops or nice park to bring a dog for a walk, or just a nice hike through the woods, I also use for cross country skiing, but is not groomed.

Nice trail. elevation change is not too difficult. could be muddy. snow and ice on the trail now.

This was an awesome hike for winter, if you walked inside the actual gorge. The river is mostly frozen over and provides a completely different kind of hike. It wasn’t a hard hike, but wasn’t for the faint of heart as sometimes as you could see the water flowing under the ice. Wearing ice cleats helped a lot too.

We went snowshoeing (you can also hike or cc ski) through the Ogantz trail in Jay Cooke state park. Most of the trail went along the river with some beautiful overlooks while the last of the loop went through the rolling woods. Trail varied from easy to moderate.

Great hike for kids. Nice flat trail. Pretty views along the river. We hiked it Black Friday this year.

3 months ago

great ride, rode in the fall, however the walnuts played hell on the trail as we were riding trikes..... should have a sidewalk sweeper .....

Peaceful, beautiful, lots of wildlife, and great in every season. I rarely see another human while I am there, and I love that!

I love this hike! It is a beautiful place. one does need to be careful for slippery rocks in places. I grew up hiking here when I was younger and just visited again this year.

Hiked this last week, it was great. Saw 12 deer and 20 turkeys. the whole loop is closer to 5 miles according to my Fitbit.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Not fun for mountain biking. Not bad if a hiker though

Nice for a leisurely walk/hike. Perfect for winter hiking because it is a flat wide trail !

trail running
4 months ago

I love the proximity to the city and the different looping options on this trail! I often see wildlife in the less-travelled “interior” segments.

On the hiking club trails, I would say this is a HARD trail, the elevation changes are steep. It’s a great great hike and a ton of fun but not sure I would say moderate. Still an all out beautiful and fun day even in the middle of November!

4 months ago

Very easy trail, with quite a lot of traffic. Completely worth it to see (and wade in) the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

We actually did a loop starting with the Humpback Trail then connected with the Manitou River Trail campsite #6 is a great place to stop and have a snack... great rock to rest on...campsite number 10 is perfectly beautiful...the trail is rugged... sometimes it just disappears and you have to bushwhack your own path.. climbing over trees and under or whatever in between...
I think about campsite #12 we took off on the Matt Willis Trail and continued onto the Lake Benson trail around the west side of the lake... once you get to this trail it’s a piece of cake a boardwalk all the way around the lake until you get to the road which takes you back to the parking lot. The trail is moderately hard just because the footing is difficult... ferns cover the path sometimes waist high,(so you can’t always see where your foot is going)ground was pretty moist, slippery uneven rocky trail... otherwise not too difficult... went the end of June we had a perfect weather window... it started raining as we left... we had the place to ourselves

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