Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near St Paul with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A great trail for walks in the hot weather with your dogs. Most of the trail is shade and is very easy. There are very nice wooden bridges around the lake in great condition to get you over the wet spots. There are a few benches to rest on along the way. We took the short trail and it was just over an hour with two small beagles in 88 degree weather. The trail is well marked at all the intersections and the signage in excellent condition. As always bring bug spray. We will be back soon to try the longer loop soon.

So many memories! Did the whole thing

Great time but could have the trails marked better so you didn’t have to keep asking people where to go.

hiking
10 days ago

pleasant trail. lots of other hikers and bikers, but everyone was friendly. we also saw lots of wildlife (variety of different birds, butterflies, and frogs) some segments are not passable due to flooding.

10 days ago

Great trail with some variety in terrain, incline. Nice view of Jensen Lake—water lily blooms were ready to pop!

mountain biking
12 days ago

great view

Attempted this June 30th 2018, couldn't get onto it due to flooding. It looked great on the other side :D

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail to take the kids

walking
27 days ago

Nice, easy one hour loop walking trail. Lots of places to stop along the way if you'd like. I was most impressed by the trail markers and maps. Very easy to follow and plan your hike by following the numbers on the trail map markers.

walking
1 month ago

It’s a great 1 hour walk that’s pretty easy. The views from the lake are phenomenal, we’re super lucky to have this gem in Eagan.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a quick hiking trail that is immersed in the woods despite being in the city. It’s a beautiful walk/hike.

on Crosby Farm Park

1 month ago

a nice, relaxing, extremely easy walk. all flat, shaded, part of it is along the river so you may see eagles or other interesting birds. can get muddy and buggy but it's not uncomfortable.

Much Paved and mostly flat from entrance off Shephard road. There are wooded path options and paths that lead back to the river - good to go exploring.

hiking
1 month ago

A great day as we enjoyed the parks on our mobility scooters.

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.

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!

2 months ago

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.

walking
2 months ago

Close to Keys Restaurant

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

beautiful scenery

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

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake to walk around

walking
2 months 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.

walking
3 months ago

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

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

walking
5 months ago

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

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