Explore the most popular lake 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.

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.

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
17 days ago

Close to Keys Restaurant

hiking
22 days ago

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

24 days ago

beautiful scenery

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

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful lake to walk around

walking
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.

walking
1 month ago

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

on Crosby Farm Park

walking
3 months ago

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

awesome

Love this park!

walking
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

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

hiking
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.

Very nice - lots of lake views!

hiking
10 months ago

There is a wide paved path that loops around the lake. The better trail is unmarked and will bring you to the Mississippi shore where it converges w/ the Minnesota river. There are a handful of foot paths near the paved path heading to the outer trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy run. Through marshes and wood. Some dirt path and some wood pathways.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a fun trail. I went with my children, ages 15, 11, 7 and 4. It took us two hours to complete the loop. We took a couple short breaks and a leisurely pace. The trails were well maintained and well marked. Some parts were muddy but easy to navigate around. We'll definitely come back again.

Beautiful park but all the paths to the majority of the trail were flooded. The picnic tables by the lake are now in the lake.

fantastic, quick, and scenic

hiking
11 months ago

Love the trail, the boardwalks...just gorgeous!!

11 months ago

pretty sites

walking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Very scenic and quiet, like an oasis in the city. The trail along the shore of the Mississippi winds among tall trees and is beautiful, and there is also a trail that includes a wooden walkway through the marsh area for a different type of beauty.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My go-to trail for convenience, scenery and ease. Lake-side most of the trail. Expect some mud in the spring and after rainfalls, but not too bad.

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