60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Minneapolis and St Paul  by Tom Watson

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul Guide Book

by Tom Watson (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Minneapolis and St Paul  by Tom Watson
Within the seven-county metro area that encompasses the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul lies a network of hundreds of miles of trails. In the state of 10,000 lakes, nearly 1,000 of them lie within these urban borders. Consequently, Minneapolis has been dubbed the City of Lakes. Once you discover all the trails throughout this same area, you may be inclined to call the Twin Cities “The Cities of Trails.” Some of these trails are broad, paved corridors through multiuse parks generously developed to provide myriad multiuse recreational opportunities for young and old, the robust trekker, and the casual stroller. Other trails are country lanes, walkways of grass winding through majestic stands of Minnesota hardwoods. Still others make up a spiderweb network that might remind you of well-used deer trails.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul" Guide Book
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The main trail leaving from the parking lot at the Afton State Park Visitor Center is like a promenade leading to the main activity areas of the park. Its wide, paved path leads hikers down an incline ...
Hastings, MN - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.3
Like other parks past the western edge of the Twin Cities metro area, Baker Park Reserve’s 2,700 acres lie atop the Des Moines ground moraine—a remnant of the Wisconsin ice age—which covers this entir ...
Maple Plain, MN - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
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“The most beautiful prospect that the imagination can form”: that’s how 18thcentury explorer Jonathan Carver described the view from Barn Bluff. Rising 343 feet above the town of Red Wing, Barn Bluff ...
Red Wing, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.75
This trail network has several trailhead options, starting with the Bass Ponds Environmental Study Area. This historic site can be explored along a 0.5-mile interpretive loop and another 1.25 miles ou ...
Bloomington, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.75
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Battle Creek Regional Park has three distinct units. The northern half of the eastern unit is made up of a picnic area, playgrounds, and other amenities centered on a small lake; the western unit is a ...
Maplewood, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
The first impression one gets from entering Baylor Regional Park is that it’s not really a park at all but a restored farm site. The large barn right across the parking lot that serves as the park’s h ...
Norwood, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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The Big Rivers Regional Trail is part of the extensive Dakota County Parks system, which offers hikers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoor amenities available throughout much of the southern Saint ...
Mendota, MN - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.0
The Brown’s Creek State Trail is the one of the newest state hiking routes developed as part of Minnesota’s state trail system. Paralleling a section renowned for its trout fishing, the 5.9-mile trail ...
Stillwater, MN - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Road Biking - Trail Length: 5.9
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As a U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District, Bruce Vento (1940–2000) was recognized for his environmental cleanup efforts. His namesake regional trail begins right below the st ...
Saint Paul, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
Surrounded by freeways, townhouses, and more highways in suburban Eden Prairie, the Bryant Lake Trail is a modest route that makes the most of this small urban park. By capitalizing on every twist and ...
Eden Prairie, MN - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.3
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This part of Anoka County is made up of sandy soil—so sandy that early attempts at farming failed. The county’s Parks and Recreation Department created Bunker Hills in 1963 and since then has created ...
Coon Rapids, MN - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 2.5
Wilderness is often used quite loosely to describe a primitive area with minimal development. One person’s wilderness is a bare-bones survival camp, while another’s is vault toilets and no showers. ...
Faribault, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.0
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Developed on a railroad bedway, the Cannon Valley Trail is a long, flat corridor stretching across the countryside between two communities. The landscape skirts the banks of the Cannon River as it mea ...
Red Wing, MN - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 19.5
The 23,000 acres of the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area offer some of the best wetlands viewing of birds and other wildlife close to the Twin Cities. More than 275 species of migratory and ...
Forest Lake, MN - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.7
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Carver Park Reserve covers more than 3,000 acres, one-third of which are interconnecting lakes, marshes, and sloughs. Yet one of the most diverse sections is in the heart of the park, in the area ...
Victoria, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5 miles
Like most parkway trail systems, the City Lakes Chain can be entered and exited anywhere along the pathway. You can also link this hike with several other city trails, including the hikes in this book ...
Minneapolis, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.8
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This is one of those casual hiking areas where you can amble along at a slow pace or speed-walk for some aerobic exercise. The 3.8-mile trail encircles the lake along a gradually undulating pathway th ...
Prior Lake, MN - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 3.8
This is a “twofer” hiking option. Two regional parks, both called Coon Rapids Dam, are situated on each side of the namesake dam on the Mississippi River. The park on the west bank is in Hennepin Coun ...
Coon Rapids, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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Twenty years ago, when I was a county planner in Washington County, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park was a project that I was reviewing for recreational potential. At that time, the county didn’ ...
Cottage Grove, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.0
There’s a lot of history along the Mississippi River, some of it big and bold, like Fort Snelling, and some barely noticeable below the bluffline. Such is the case with Crosby Farm Regional Park. When ...
Saint Paul, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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