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Very pleasant place to walk. Mostly flat with lots of wildflowers and beautiful cool shade in spring and summer. Several trails within the park. Two lakes and the river to enjoy, plus a small boardwalk over a marsh. Land and water birds and occasional turtles and harmless snakes.

14 days ago

My husband and I tried to hike this last weekend on 5/6/2018. Unfortunately, it was closed due to flooding. Definitely will have to go back and try it again! Thankfully, we found some other hikes at Fort Snelling State Park!

This is a nice lake to walk around and it's located next to some very nice neighborhoods. It goes through a beautiful little park area and creek and has a ton of places to fish; however, there were a few parts of the trail that had little to no shade which would make it pretty rough in really hot weather, so make sure you put on some sunscreen. There was also a surprising amount of trash on some parts of the trail (we went in spring right after a long winter and they might still be catching up on getting the park ready). Overall, it's a nice paved trail and there is plenty to do at the park, I would definitely recommend Phalen Lake.

21 days ago

Close to Keys Restaurant

25 days ago

Absolutely beautiful place to be. My favorite place to be.

28 days ago

beautiful scenery

Only problem was the dog poop other than that love this trail!

1 month ago

Beautiful lake to walk around

1 month ago

Feels as if you’re in the middle of the woods!

I great place to walk around sunset. I got some lovely photos of the sunset and saw a few beavers. The walking paths into the woods are my favorite. Very muddy in spring.

The wildlife you see along the way is exciting! I saw several woodpeckers, a dozen deer including two baby, and a bunch of wild turkeys. Only encountered a few people on my walk. It is peaceful and feels like your up north.

1 month ago

Mostly paved even terrain on this loop. Picturesque row of pines.

2 months 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.

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

on Crosby Farm Park

4 months ago

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


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.

trail running
6 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.

Love this park!

7 months ago

Busy but convenient. Quick scenic walk.

Fun trail. Can bring your dog and let em run in the water. Good nature hike

7 months ago

Green and peaceful.

Great trails, lots of wildlife.

Great hike around the the lake. Mostly love the peninsula like area around the halfway point of the lake

perfect easy hike with kids

was great for 30-60mins walk.

Great loop - dogs on leashes allowed and I let my dog play in the water at the half way point. Quiet and safe.

Great trail nicely paved with great views of lake Como and beautiful grounds.

10 months ago

This is a nice place to go if you don't want to travel far and don't want anything even remotely strenuous. Beautiful little park right in the cities. We made use of the pavilion area, which has a bathroom and a large metal fire pit that's great for roasting marshmallows or some hot dogs. Cool place to spend a few hours.

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