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.
Review our OPDMD Guidelines.
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.
Fall Hiking - Lighted Trails
Enjoy fall hiking under the lights! The following trails will have lights on until 9 PM from now until winter trail operations begin (typically after 2-3" of snowfall):
Cleary – Poplar and Lakeside Trail; Elm Creek – Northern Lights Trail; French – Lagoon, Lakeview and Skyline Trail; Hyland – Lake Trail.
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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