Elm Creek Park Reserve - Eastman Nature Center

Osseo, Minnesota

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A hike along creeks, by marshes, and through some big woods. Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest park in the regional park system at 5,300 acres, though it does not seem to be as appreciated as some of the smaller parks in the system. Nevertheless, the park does offer plenty of nature: three streams, five lakes, lots of marshes, restored prairies, lowland forests, and a small section of the Big Woods. All of this gives a gentle feel to the place where a short stroll through the woods, along marshes and meandering streams can turn into miles of walking before you know it. The main park’s trail system is a little like a spaghetti junction, since trails for just about every activity cross paths every which way. Special attractions: Overlooks of the creek, a big marsh, and Eastman Nature Center.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A hike along creeks, by marshes, and through some big woods. Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest park in the regional park system at 5,300 acres, though it does not seem to be as appreciated as some of the smaller parks in the system. Nevertheless, the park does offer plenty of nature: three streams, five lakes, lots of marshes, restored prairies, lowland forests, and a small section of the Big Woods.

All of this gives a gentle feel to the place where a short stroll through the woods, along marshes and meandering streams can turn into miles of walking before you know it. The main park’s trail system is a little like a spaghetti junction, since trails for just about every activity cross paths every which way. Special attractions: Overlooks of the creek, a big marsh, and Eastman Nature Center.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Osseo
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 60 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Hennepin Parks, 612-559-9000
Local Maps: Nature center trail map; USGS quad: Anoka.
Driving Directions: Directions to Elm Creek Park Reserve - Eastman Nature Center

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2009
0

Beautiful park. Easy bike path ....that aligns to ski trails that offer a better hike! Bike paths look good.


7/7/2005
1

We picked a couple of trails just to look the park over. FANTASTIC is the only thing we can think of. The trails are well groomed with beautiful vistas everywhere. We plan on returning soon.(Deer flys are bad--at home too. Jerry &Bonnie



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Apr 2018