Hiking

One of the best ways to explore year-round is to head out for a hike on the extensive trail system in Three Rivers. Hiking combines exercise and fresh air for a rejuvenating, stress-relieving experience. 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, plowed and snow-packed trails are available. The Natural Resources division oversees the operations of these trails to maximize their scenic beauty while minimizing any environmental impact.

Programs and Events

Upcoming hiking programs and events.

Winter Hiking

Even if there is snow on the ground, you can still hike in the parks. Plowed and snow-packed trails are available at the following locations:

  • Baker: 1-mile loop at the campground;
  • Cleary: 2.7 miles;
  • Eagle: 1 mile;
  • Fish Lake: 1-mile loop;
  • French: 2.9 miles;
  • Hyland: 1-mile loop and 2.5-miles of regional trail;
  • Lake Minnetonka: 1-mile loop around the swim pond.

Fall Hiking – Lighted Trails

Enjoy fall hiking under the lights. The following trails have lights on until 9:00 PM during the fall 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

Trails at Your Pace feature 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.

Accessibility

Three 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 OPDMD Guidelines.

Other things to do

Formal Gardens

Formal Gardens

View of garden columns

Take in the beauty of the colorful blooms. Smell the sweet, fragrant flowers. Breathe in the fresh air. Relax to the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves. Our formal gardens at Noerenberg are meticulously maintained to offer visitors a spot of breathtaking beauty and serenity.

Geocaching

Geocaching

Two girls using a GPS unit

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure.

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

If you have a horse and are looking for a place to ride, Three Rivers has miles of scenic trails to choose from. Natural woodlands and grasslands provide a beautiful setting for riders.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Family at a picnic table

Make new memories eating al fresco at a Three Rivers park picnic area in a beautiful, natural setting. All sites have picnic tables, and most sites have other basic amenities including water fountains and permanent grills. Look for a peaceful, serene location or set up just steps from a rip-roaring play area.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Girl running on snowshoes

Three Rivers offers trails of varying difficulty for snowshoers of all skill levels. It’s a great way for the entire family to take in the scenes of a Minnesota winter.