Top Adventures in Minneapolis

  • Run Along the Mississippi River Flats

    This loop takes you from the Franklin Bridge to the Washington Avenue Bridge, crossing through campus, in between. Start at the Franklin Bridge (southeast end), walk down the stairs, and then take the elevated walkaway across the river, heading no...

    2.5 miles

  • Hike to Shadow Falls

    This easy and accessible hike takes you to a nice little waterfall within a ravine. From the parking lot, walk over to the River Overlook, then continue along the trail to the falls. The trail will drop you down to the base of the falls, where you...

    0.4 miles

  • 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

  • Run the Lake Harriet Loop

    This easily accessible loop takes you on a moderate walk around Lake Harriet, a popular recreational site for cyclers, walkers, runners, and families. You can cycle this trail in the clockwise direction, or opt to walk. Be sure to explore the surr...

    3 miles 10 ft gain

  • 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 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

  • Bike the Rice Creek North Regional Trail

    The Rice Creek North Regional Trail is 13.8 miles in total, but can be broken up into two different sections (connected by a 3.4 mile bike on county roads). The main trailhead is at 35W and County Road I. You will find the parking lot just after e...

    13.8 miles

  • Walk the Prairie Loop at Richardson Nature Center

    Begin your hike behind the Visitor's Center and follow the path to the left towards the Prairie Loop Trail. The path quickly breaks out of the woods into an open prairie, looping through the tall grasses and burr oaks. The pond with its boardwalk ...

    0.8 miles 70 ft gain

  • Explore the Minnesota River Bottoms

    The "River Bottoms" is an unofficial network of single track, double track and service roads just south of Minneapolis along the Minnesota River flood plane. Flat, fast and easy to navigate, the 11-mile trail system is a popular spot for mountain ...

  • 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

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • 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

    • Maple Grove, Minnesota

      Minneapolis Northwest Koa

    • Jordan, Minnesota

      Minneapolis Southwest Koa

    • 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

    • 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. Ther...

      From $139/night

    • 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, ...

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