Hike the Riverside Trail in William O'Brien SP

Minnesota William O'Brien Parking

Added by Lily Frenette

This is a great quick hike an hour away from the Twin Cities. Hike alongside Alice Lake and see great views of the St. Croix river. Swimming and picnic areas are located alongside the trails.

From the Visitor Center Parking lot follow the Riverside Trail along the side of the lot and down the main road. You will go under the bridge and while walking next to the road you can see great views of Lake Alice. When you reach the bottom of the hill, turn right to walk alongside the lake. On the loop you will encounter a picnic shelter and a swimming beach, as well as a campground. You can stop here for a snack or keep going for views along the St. Croix river. Wildflowers grow in this area and sometimes you can spot a river otter. When the trail loops back up to the main road, follow it back up the hill and return to the Visitor Center. During the winter, the Riverside Trail is one of two hiking trails in the park and is also a special, winter-only, Hiking Club Trail.

Pack List

  • Day or Annual Vehicle Permit (Purchase at Park Entrance)
  • Park Map (Available at Park Entrance)
  • Camera
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun Protection
  • Swimsuit (during Summer)
  • Hiking Club Log Book (during Winter)
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



2.6 Miles



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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5 months ago

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I have so much fun swag pictures. my dog longs for this place. to be his home. instead though, I live in suburbia. I was born September 27 of the year of the libra. Paige says she has a d in magic class. cRazy the only d I've ever had was in English 9 honors and also I have a peniS. I am okay with cats but I prefer dogs. 3333333333 I don't condone Satan jokes. grease is a bad musical

5 months ago

Added by Lily Frenette

Exploring as much as possible and taking photos of everything.

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