One of the best ways to explore the parks year-round is to head out for a hike on our extensive trail system. Hiking combines exercise and fresh air for a rejuvenating, stress-relieving experience. Our trails wind through the woodland, grassland and wetland habitats of many species of wildlife. You’ll be amazed at what you might see along the way.
In the spring, summer and fall, hikers can choose between paved bike/hike trails and unpaved hiking-only trails. In the winter, we offer plowed and snow-packed trails. Our Natural Resources division oversees the operations of these trails to maximize their scenic beauty while minimizing any environmental impact.
Thee Rivers Park District allows appropriate Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) in parks and trails to assist persons with mobility disabilities to more fully enjoy park areas, facilities and trails.
Trails At Your Pace
Three Rivers Parks is pleased to offer "Trails At Your Pace," featuring short, gentle trails designed to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to begin a walking program. These trails are especially great for people with arthritis or other health conditions, those just starting a fitness program, parents with small children, and employees who want to take a quick lunchtime stroll.
Autumn Hiking Adventures Discontinued
The Autumn Hiking Adventures Program(Fall Hiking Program) has been discontinued in 2013. Three Rivers Park District thanks all of you that have participated over the past 40 years of this program. Our hiking trails and related hiking programs are still available to you and we hope to see you out and about on them this fall.
Fall Hiking - Lighted Trails
From Sept. 1 until the first snowfall, lighted trails at Cleary, Elm Creek, and French Park will be available for evening hiking until 8:00 PM. Note: The lighted hiking trail at Hyland will not be available this fall due to the cross-country ski trail project.
Even if there is snow on the ground, you can still enjoy hiking in the parks! We offer plowed and snow-packed trails at the following locations:
Baker: 1-mile loop at campground; Lake Minnetonka: 1-mile loop around swim pond; Fish Lake: 1 mile; Cleary: 2.7-miles; French: 2.9-miles; Hyland: 1-mile loop and 2.5-miles of regional trail; Eagle: 1 mile.
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