Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge-Louisville Swamp

Jordan, Minnesota

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Lining the Minnesota River for almost 70 miles, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge contains multiple areas to visit. But the roughly 7-mile hike around the Louisville Swamp Unit offers something special. Here you’ll find some of the best floodplain forests and wetlands around, filled with mature trees and wildlife. On top of that, you get views of the river valley and an up-close look at a massive boulder from Minnesota’s glaciated past. By the time you’re done, any negative connotations the word swamp might conjure will be wiped away.
Lining the Minnesota River for almost 70 miles, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge contains multiple areas to visit. But the roughly 7-mile hike around the Louisville Swamp Unit offers something special. Here you’ll find some of the best floodplain forests and wetlands around, filled with mature trees and wildlife.

On top of that, you get views of the river valley and an up-close look at a massive boulder from Minnesota’s glaciated past. By the time you’re done, any negative connotations the word swamp might conjure will be wiped away.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Jordan
Distance: 7.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Spring after snow thaw through late autumn; trails not maintained in winter and can be covered in packed ice
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge; (952) 854- 5900; fws.gov/refuge/Minnesota_Valley/
Driving Directions: Directions to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge-Louisville Swamp

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