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Trails Near Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN: Light Up Your Life (Superior Hiking Trail)

Sample the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail on this overnight past Oberg Mountain and Lake Agnes. Fall bonus: Northern Lights. BY KATHLEEN FERRARO

Minneapolis, MN: St. Croix

Snowshoe through the Northwoods on this winter overnight to a shelter along the St. Croix River. BY KOREY PETERSON

Minneapolis: Eagle Point Lake

This 3.5-mile circuit explores a lakeside community of marshlands, meadows, and spotted forests rich in wildlife and intimate picnic spots.

Minneapolis: North Country Trail Marengo Section

Spot bald eagles from the overlooks along this rarely crowded 5.2-mile stretch of the North Country Trail in northern Wisconsin’s Marengo Semi-Primitive Area. The route also makes a great snowshoe hike.

Superior Hiking Trail: CR 6 to Silver Bay

Airy ledges offer splendid views of Lake Superior and the northern backwoods on this 18.6-mile stretch from County Road 6 to Silver Bay.

Minneapolis: Willow Falls Trail

This easy 3-mile loop in Willow River State Park is spiked with cool sights and sounds: rolling bluffs, loud waterfalls, and beautiful lakeshore views.

Minneapolis: Ice Age Circle

Go 4.8 miles past the scuff marks and rocky scraps of an ancient glacier that left its long-lasting signature in western Wisconsin.

Minneapolis: River Trail to Logging Trail Loop

A convenient city escape along the St. Croix River, this easy 4-mile hike in Wild River State Park skirts healthy wetlands with prime waterfowl viewing.

Minneapolis: Pike Island Loop

Catch the light rail to this loop to see the confluence of two rivers and circle a lush island in the heart of the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis, MN: River and Railroad Trails

Stroll shady trails and see geologic wonders on this 2.6-mile hike along the St. Croix River.

Minneapolis, MN: Louisville Swamp

Trek Minnesota’s bottomlands to an old stone farmstead on this 4.5-miler.

Minneapolis, MN: Afton State Park

From bluffs to beaches to a bluebird trail, this 3.5-mile lollipop loop samples Afton State Park and the shores of the federally-designated wild and scenic St. Croix River.

Minneapolis, MN: Cowling Arboretum

Restorations-in-progress add an educational twist to this easy, 2.6-mile hike outside of Minneapolis in Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum.

St. Paul, MN: Swede Hollow-Bruce Vento Nature Tour

Hike or bike this 2.9-mile sampler of St. Paul’s Bruce Vento Regional Trail. Easy access paths are perfect for families and for sampling the city’s recent restoration efforts.

Eau Claire, WI: Crane Creek Island

Paddle a novice-friendly route on the state’s third largest lake.

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