Hike the Crow-Hassan Regional Park Loop

Crow-Hassan Regional Park Parking Area - Search Nearby - Added by Joe Whitson

Although it's only 20 minutes from Minneapolis, this beautiful prairie park is almost always empty and feels much further away. The park features a carefully restored prairie ecosystem and is home to foxes, coyotes, the endangered trumpeter swan, as well as dozens of different wildflowers.

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve is the largest prairie based park in the Twin Cities metro area. Although there are many ways to experience Crow-Hassan including horseback riding, canoeing on the scenic Crow River, or even staying the night in one of the park's campgrounds, the simplest way to enjoy it by foot.

The park is known for its prairie, so if you're visiting for the first time, that is a good place to start. Park in the main parking area off of Park Reserve Rd/Ghostley Rd and take the northern trailhead into the grasslands. The trail will wind its way north all the way to Crow River, passing between two small lakes on the way. Then you will loop back past Prairie Lake to the road again. The best time to visit is in the fall when the sumac turns red, the prairie wildflowers are at their peak, and the swans are migrating through the park. It is a leisurely, mostly flat route that's suitable to all ages.

If you have the time, make a day of it. Bring your kayak, pack a picnic, and spend the afternoon paddling down the river.

Distance

4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

90 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Camping, Kayaking, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Minneapolis Northwest KOA

Maple Grove, Minnesota

Minneapolis Southwest KOA

Jordan, Minnesota

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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