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





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A lovely walk/run around the lake! Beautiful scenery with the bluffs and lake to view while you exercise.

Awesome view of the bluffs and the river! Well maintained trails.

Great little trail!

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.

cross country skiing
5 months ago

Skating St. Mary’s is difficult but rewarding. The trails are well groomed and maintained and the variety of hill climbing, down hills, and flats is great, though challenging.

This is also a nice summer/fall hiking trail, though the mosquitos can be pretty nasty. It’s one that I come back to as much as I can.

Catch this trail from the Edina Realty Building (parking on the road) the trail goes to Sugar Loaf, but the Sugar Loaf to Garvin trail actually goes to the right. It's not well traveled and is a bit sketchy in some areas, but still a great hike. It ends in a neighborhood where you walk on the road to Garvin Heights lookout, where you can take the trail (stairs) to the bottom of Garvin then walking on road back to your car, or hiking back the way you came. Part of the trail goes through an old quarry that has some bouldering. The view from Garvin Heights is amazing!!!!

5 months ago

Great for MTB or general hiking! Several great views from the top!

5 months ago

Always the best hiking for visitors with a few varieties ranging from easy to hard depending on which way you go up because well, it's sugar loaf. also fun to climb up the actual rock itself, but probably better if you go with a repelling group because it's so much faster and safer.

Great hike, and nice views. I went on a beautiful day, and once the trail split from going to Sugarloaf to going to Garvin Heights I didn't see one person. I must say this has to be updated a bit, as you no longer can head to Sugarloaf from the back side.

Nice quiet trail with a great view of the river valley

Monday, October 23, 2017

Great dirt paths with challenging elevation changes. Various trails within the park allow hikers to select unique elevation and length goals.

Short hike with a great view. Rope climbing at the top if that is your thing.

Wide, well maintained trails

Friday, September 01, 2017

Easy trail to hike, moderate at best. It could be challenging for X/C skiing. Wide open trails. We needed All Trails to keep us on track. Ski trails run all over the place with what looks like some new ones being added. Very nice setting and worth the trip. Only once nice view and the a small waterfall.

We were Geocaching first before starting the recorder.

trail running
Monday, July 17, 2017

Outer loop of Saint Mary's Ski Trails. Beautiful and challenging with great shade coverage.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

There are a lot of options here. I love this place.

Great view of the bluff. Hike to the outlook was mediocre.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

This was a well-maintained trail with great markers. Both the skiing trails and the hiking predominately trails were clear and appropriately challenging. The bluffs and overlooks were absolutely gorgeous. My only problem was that I can't tell if I ever did find the East Overlook. Over where the camping sites are located, the markers are not nearly as good as the rest of the trail. Also, the "shelter" that is marked on the map is little more than a lean-to that was not well-maintained as compared to the rest of the other locations. It is also right next to a lot of signs that say "no trespassing".
The fall colors were just starting to appear, and this made the overlooks like absolutely gorgeous. The prairies were already turning reddish. Also, with it being officially fall now, there are very few bugs out.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Beautiful scenery, well marked trails for the most part. Geodes! and warm bluffs to rest on. Hope to go back to camp sometime, nice looking camp grounds.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Great well maintained trails with 4 beautiful overlooks.
There were deer squirrels chipmunks rabbits along the way. The weather was warm and sunny but the trails were under a nice canopy.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Came out here to do some hiking and find the geocaches in the area. beautiful scenery with easy trails that everybody can enjoy. Well maintained.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Be ready for a fun hike! We usually start at the base of Sugar Loaf, hike up to Sugar Loaf (climb as far as we can up the actual rock, but be careful. People have died by falling), then continuing towards Garvin Heights Road. It definitely takes more than an hour if you want to take your time with photos and exploring. There are a few forks in the trail, but just note that some of the trails on the southern side lead into people's backyards. There is a fantastic plateau where you can see Sugar Loaf perfectly and is a great spot for watching the sunrise!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Awesome trails with great views of the Mississippi River Valley and of Queen's Bluff (have yet to hike up that). The King's Bluff Trail has an AMAZING meadow of prairie flowers and butterflies! It is so relaxing and beautiful and the hike is not difficult. If, when leaving the park, you want to turn North, there is a back road that goes to Pickwick Mill, Pickwick, MN. The drive is PERFECT and the Mill has a waterfall and some cool history.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Take a few hours of your day to explore Bluffside Park (the trails behind Holzinger Lodge). There are maps available every so often and the trails simply loop around the bluffs. The cool part about these trails are that they change with elevation. Some begin (or end) at the Woodlawn Cemetary and some go as far West as the "Fire Pit" (Just South of K-Mart located on HWY 61, behind a Ford Car Lot). If you go up the trails at the Fire Ring (a short stone wall circled around a fire pit), you may find "Skinny Man's Cave". I always take new people to this spot because it is quite well hidden. BRING A FLASHLIGHT and a camera. It gets narrow, but once through it opens into a "room" where a few people can sit inside. There are also some amazing rock climbing sites near the cave on the east side (can see the bare rock from 61). Back to the trails...you can easily spend 3+ hours hiking back there. I've seen Lady Slippers (MN state flower), and tons of different mushrooms and wildlife. It is not hard to get lost if you keep in mind what direction you are walking and how to get back. Have fun and maybe check out Woodlawn Cemetary too. There are some cool and unique sites.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

If you haven't hiked these trails before, bring a map. Our hour planned hike turned into a two and a half hour trek. It was fun and very beautiful. Just wish we would have known that the trails weren't marked well.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Awesome river valley views but also some very quiet meadow/forest trails. My Grandfather once farmed this land. If you look carefully you'll find some very old foundations from the homestead.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The hiking trails were very easy with incredible views. We only went for the day to do some hiking, but will definitely come back to try out the campground. We hiked about 4 miles of the trails with three children ages 9, 7 and 4 and found the trails well maintained and easy to hike.

cross country skiing
5 days ago

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