Explore the most popular trail running 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.

17 hours ago

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.

Beautiful area. Much larger than expected.
Upkeep of the trails leaves something to be desired. A lot of it was overgrown and some trails that show on the map are not accessible due to it being overgrown. The trail signs are a bit difficult to know how far and what direction it will truly be going unless you are looking at a map.
Due to flooding a very large section of trail is under water and not accessible at this current time.
A lot of nature to see. Beautiful fields, forest area and the lake. Some of the swamp area was mucky and a bit hard to navigate.
Overall a great trail, not many visitors. So very peaceful. Plan ahead to carry any trash you have as there were no trash bins in the area.

Beautiful, relaxing

So many memories! Did the whole thing

it's a great hike, but can definitely be busier near the lake if like me you like a less busy place to relax and watch wildlife.

This is a perfect walking (not hiking) trail I use regularly walking my dog. It’s completely paved and bikes are allowed as well. There are some off-trail paths as well. Beautiful lake and small largely oak forest, beautiful year-round, exceptional in autumn. Mostly locals. Beautiful lodge with cafe and WiFi as well.

Beautiful views. Hike was rocky but not too difficult.

Start at Woods Creek, walk along Devils Track, and up to the summit on Pincushion and you will not be disappointed.

trail running
7 days ago

Pretty flat and overall but very pretty!

trail running
7 days ago

Super gorgeous but tons of deer flies currently!

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

walking
7 days ago

Very nice trail with picnic tables along the way. The trail is maintained very well with signage along the way. We had our two beagles with us and they loved it. Even on a Sunday there is very little traffic. We crossed a horse or two along the way but that was it. Very nice route.

We hiked a combination of mountain bike and paved trails, approximately 4 miles. Very nice!

My boyfriend and I love taking my dog here!!

My boyfriend and I love taking my dog here!!

hiking
8 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.

road biking
8 days ago

Awesome trail for long training rides! I only have done 27 miles out from St Joseph. Occasionally a bumpy section... but overall very good.

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

Muddy but great trail with some challenge

Great hike!

Great easy hike with multiple water falls, swimming holes, and paths through the woods.

nice paved trails

Fun hike, went with my parents and our dogs. Fairly easy trail for everyone. It took 2 hours to reach the summit, 1:45 to come back down (at mom's pace). Doable in 1:30 in and 1:30 out. Trail is well kept, downed logs were recently cleared.

It rained the night before so the bugs were very bad until we started accending. Make sure to bring bug spray. Was very cool out so there was lots of fog, so not much of a view at top for us. But it cleared a little on the decent so we got to see the summit as we rounded Whale Lake.

Sugarloaf is a nice, short hike up, though with a heavy backpack it can become much tougher. Since they moved the trail, however, it’s less sandy and the dirt is packed to make a fairly easy hike. When you reach the top, the view of Winona is really something to see, especially when you look up and down the river valley.

We like to go climbing there in order to introduce beginners to outdoor rock climbing. There are a few non-technical routes with bolts and chains. However, you will have to lead up to the top-set, and although the lead isn’t difficult, you will definitely want someone experienced to climb with you.

mountain biking
10 days ago

great view

One of Elk Rivers best hidden secrets!!! Love this trail! Spring and winter are great! Summer it gets very Buggy- so bring bug spray! Fall is simply amazing! Even in rain it’s a perfect workout! Walking is hard- I can’t imagine this trail on a bike!

road biking
10 days ago

Perfect for a fall bike, and it connects with other trails leading off toward other parts of the greater Twin Cities region, such as Stillwater. The trail is not difficult, but it does have a few steep pedestrian bridges. However, it is very nicely paved and well maintained throughout. After the main parking lot (about halfway through the trail), the scenery gets much better; the first half of the trail goes through neighborhoods and a couple golf courses.

This is a fun place to go viewing with friends and family members. If you go on the trail below the falls, there is a nice trail with wooden walkways over the marshy parts. The trail is quite easy, but the rolling falls and the river is beautiful for the entire hike.

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