Wild Indigo Scientific Natural Area SNA

Brownsdale, Minnesota 55918

Wild Indigo Scientific Natural Area SNA

Wild Indigo Scientific Natural Area (SNA) Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
108 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
USGS quads: Brownsdale and Dexter.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018