While in Minnesota, there are several hiking trails to choose from. There are those that take you into the depths of the woods to experience nature. There are also trails that are organized and follow a solid path. These are best if you don’t like being secluded. However, the best pictures can be taken from the trails that lead you away from civilization.
Afton to Lakeland
This trail explores areas on the Saint Croix River. While on the trail, you can see a variety of birds and other woodland animals that might peer out from behind the trees such as deer. The trail goes through St. Mary’s Point and Lakeland Shores.
Big Rivers Regional Trail
If you are looking for a trail that winds through blended areas, then this would be the best choice. It flows through rivers and bluffs of limestone so that you see various landscapes while on your walk. The trail is one of the easier ones in the area as it is mostly flat. It is located where the rail bed used to be, and you can often see some of the tracks in the area that have not been removed.
Luce Line State Trail
This is one of the trails where you can walk, run or ride a bike. Much of the trail is paved. You can also go horseback riding on the trail or ski if there is snow on the ground. This trail leads from the urban area of Minneapolis through the suburbs. As you embrace the trail, you will travel through wooded areas as well as alongside lakes. It is located near Cedar Mills and Winsted.
While traveling along the Gunflint Trail, you will see more than the beauty of nature. You will see the land as it was years ago, an undisturbed area of trees and wilderness. In order to see the entire trail, you should spend more than one day. There is Gunflint Trail lodging in the area that is accommodating for groups of almost any size. Many of the lodging areas are cabins. When you are on the trail, consider getting in a canoe and going up the river to see a different view of the area.
North Cedar Lake
Perhaps one of the most beautiful trails in the area, this should be at the top of your list. The trail is linked to several parks near Hopkins. There are three paths to choose from. Two of the paths are for cyclists, and one is for pedestrians who are going in two directions. When you reach the middle of the trail, you will see North Cedar Lake.
Minnesota has several trails that offer a variety of beauty and nature at its best. From the dark recesses of the trees where you feel like you won’t make it out to the paved pathways that offer security, you can explore the terrain on your own time.