Elm Creek Park Reserve

Osseo, Minnesota 55369

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Elm Creek Park Reserve Professional Guide

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"As the largest park in the Three Rivers Park District, with more than 50 miles of trails available to hikers, Elm Creek Park Reserve is a place you can visit again and again without doing the same route twice. Stop in at Eastman Nature Center to check out the exhibits and wildlife observation deck before venturing out to hike the loops that ring the nature center.

Eastman Nature Center serves as the hub of Elm Creek Park Reserve’s network of hiking trails, so that’s where you’ll begin. Before that, take a few minutes to explore the nature center. Its 14,000 square feet contain classrooms and reading
rooms, professional exhibits where you can watch wildlife, and an open-air deck. With so many activities offered, the place is abuzz, particularly on weekends."

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul (Menasha Ridge Press)
Tom Watson
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"This is the shorter of the two Elm Creek hikes featured in this book (see the previous hike for the other one). It’s a good primer on the diversity of the area’s ecosystem and complements the other, longer hike. Exit the back door of the nature center, following the signs to the Meadowlark Trail. Walk through a dense stand of sugar maples, up a gradual incline to the Sumac– Meadowlark Trail junction—again, follow the sign directing you toward Meadowlark. A short distance ahead, on your right, is a grass path formerly known as the Landscape for Wildlife Trail. It used to serve as an interpretive trail that explained how to plant bushes and shrubs to attract wildlife; some of the species represented include wild plum, hazelnut, and black chokecherry."

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2 hours
5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Three Rivers Park District; (763) 694-7860; threeriversparks.org
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