By Joseph Friedrichs
This 3.5-mile circuit explores a lakeside community of marshlands, meadows, and spotted forests rich in wildlife and intimate picnic spots.
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.
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.
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.
Go 4.8 miles past the scuff marks and rocky scraps of an ancient glacier that left its long-lasting signature in western Wisconsin.
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.
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.
Stroll shady trails and see geologic wonders on this 2.6-mile hike along the St. Croix River.
Trek Minnesota’s bottomlands to an old stone farmstead on this 4.5-miler.
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.
Restorations-in-progress add an educational twist to this easy, 2.6-mile hike outside of Minneapolis in Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum.
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.
Paddle a novice-friendly route on the state’s third largest lake.
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