Top Adventures in Hastings

  • Walk to Vermillion Falls

    Begin in the Old Mills parking lot located on 18th Street E. Head south along the paved trail running parallel to the railroad tracks. This trail is part of a 10-mile loop that leads out of the park and past the banks of the Mississippi. In approx...

    2 miles

  • Hike the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area Loop

    Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area, the largest intact prairie system located within the Twin Cities, is home to a number of rare plants and animals. The SNA has no marked or maintained trails, but there are a few well-worn footpaths tha...

    3 miles 110 ft gain

  • Hike the Afton State Park Trail

    This diverse, 2,702-acre park has trails for both day hikers and backpackers – some with scenic views of the St. Croix River, others which drop into quiet ravines. For the best views of the valley, explore off-trail, where you may find hidden bluf...

    3.5 miles 740 ft gain

  • Bike the Cannon Valley Trail

    There are multiple entry points to the Cannon Valley Trail along the 19.7 miles of paved path that connect the towns of Cannon Falls and Red Wing. Because the trail requires a $4 daily pass, pick your entry point next to a Wheel Pass station. The ...

    19.7 miles -115 ft gain

  • Paddle the Cannon River

    If you want a quiet, secluded paddle, this may not be the adventure for you. The Cannon River is a very popular destination in the summer months for groups of canoers, kayakers and tubers. Drinking on the river is not discouraged.Book a reservatio...

  • Hike the Pike Island Loop

    The Pike Island Loop, located in Fort Snelling State Park, is a beautiful urban hike that circles a lush island at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in the heart of the Twin Cities. In fact, Dakota leaders who inhabited this l...

    4.4 miles 151 ft gain

  • Exploring the Minnesota Valley NWR

    It is 3.5 miles long one-way from the visitors center (3815 American Blvd. East 55425) to Cedar Ave. Bridge. Whether because of the foreword thinking early Minnesota legislators or simply because of the inhospitality of nature, most of the riverfr...

    3.5 miles

  • Hike Barn Bluff

    Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minn., is an enjoyable and easily-accessible hike. Even at a slow pace, it takes just 30-45 minutes to reach the peak.There is ample parking on 5th Street near the Barn Bluff sign. Take the stairs to the trail head. From th...

    2.05 miles 340 ft gain

  • Hike to Willow Falls

    This trip through Willow River State Park shows off beautiful views of Little Falls Lake and Willow River on your way to the falls. In the spring, wildflowers won't disappoint. An overall scenic and rewarding hike.

    3 miles

  • Explore Minnehaha Falls

    Named after a legendary Indian princess, Minnehaha Creek cascades over a cliff in these dramatic falls just minutes from the downtowns of both Minneapolis and St. Paul. A favorite place for summer picnickers, the falls are beautiful all year long....

  • Explore Frozen Minnehaha Falls

    Minnehaha Falls Park in South Minneapolis is a big draw during the spring, summer and fall months. Experiencing an urban waterfall and scenic hiking trails in the middle of a major city is a treat. However, come wintertime, the falls freeze and a ...

  • Hike the Winchell Trail

    This 5 mile roundtrip trail meanders along the Mississippi River bluffs on the west bank and is separate from the paved bike trail. The trail runs from 44th St. to Franklin Ave. Along the trail you will pass through an oak savanna restoration proj...

    5 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Somerset, Wisconsin

      Camp Coulee

      Close to St. Croix & Kinnikinnic Rivers. Vineyard/winery and hobby farm on-site. Deer, turkey and other wildlife sightings. Pollinator habitat with bee yard. Great view of the stars. Very short...

      From $300/night

    • Saint Paul, Minnesota

      Trade River Retreat Center

      Tranquil, quiet and exceedingly private getaway right on the banks of a protected river, only 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities! Even the beautiful drive there is relaxing. Enter a world of peace and ...

      From $140/night

    • Spring Valley, Wisconsin

      Main Day Use

      Overview Main Day Use Are at Eau Galle Lake offers many family-friendly outdoor activities including fishing, boating and hiking, in the lush Wisconsin woodlands. Recreation In summer, the lake is...

    • Spring Valley, Wisconsin

      Highland Ridge

      Overview Highland Ridge overlooks the sparkling Eau Galle Reservoir located in Spring Valley, in western Wisconsin. The area boasts 648 acres of scenery with numerous opportunities for recreation, ...

    • New Richmond, Wisconsin

      Private Attic Suite

      The rescue animals that make the sanctuary so special are, of course, a bonus. Guests have an endless amount of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outside setting as well as the community. Th...

      From $139/night

    • Jordan, Minnesota

      Minneapolis Southwest KOA

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