Wild Indigo Scientific Natural Area SNA

Brownsdale, Minnesota

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A tallgrass prairie trail following a narrow old railroad right-of-way that splits the farmland. As one of the best examples of mesic tallgrass prairie in southeastern Minnesota, Wild Indigo can be a great hike for a true prairie enthusiast. However, since it lacks the scenic vistas or challenging terrain, some might not appreciate it as much. The beauty of the hike is directly at your feet, with the grasses and forbs growing along the trail. Take along your wildflower field guide to help identify some 340 native plants that have been noted growing along the path. These include the compass plant with its yellow flowers, common Indian plantain, the blooming purple stalks of blazing stars, the small white flowers of wild quinine, the butterfly loving milkweeds, and, of course, the shrub-like white wild indigos. This hike divides prime farm land by following an abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul, and Pacific Railroad right-of-way. Special attractions: Wildflowers and tallgrass prairie.
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by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A tallgrass prairie trail following a narrow old railroad right-of-way that splits the farmland. As one of the best examples of mesic tallgrass prairie in southeastern Minnesota, Wild Indigo can be a great hike for a true prairie enthusiast. However, since it lacks the scenic vistas or challenging terrain, some might not appreciate it as much. The beauty of the hike is directly at your feet, with the grasses and forbs growing along the trail.

Take along your wildflower field guide to help identify some 340 native plants that have been noted growing along the path. These include the compass plant with its yellow flowers, common Indian plantain, the blooming purple stalks of blazing stars, the small white flowers of wild quinine, the butterfly loving milkweeds, and, of course, the shrub-like white wild indigos. This hike divides prime farm land by following an abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul, and Pacific Railroad right-of-way. Special attractions: Wildflowers and tallgrass prairie.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brownsdale
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 108 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: USGS quads: Brownsdale and Dexter.
Driving Directions: Directions to Wild Indigo Scientific Natural Area (SNA)

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