Hiking

One of the best ways to explore the Twin Cities year-round is to go hiking on the extensive trail system in Three Rivers. 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.

All Programs & Events

Upcoming hiking programs and events.

Miles of Hiking Trails

The following mileage is for spring, summer and fall months.

Anderson Lakes, 2.1
Baker, 19.8
Bryant Lake, 4.5
Carver, 25.7
Cedar Lake Farm, 1
Cleary Lake, 5.9
Crow-Hassan, 10
Eagle Lake, 1.8
Elm Creek, 12.7
Fish Lake, 3.3
French, 10.4
Gale Woods Farm, 3.5
Hyland Lake, 17.8
Kingswood Park, 1.4
Lake Minnetonka, 3.5
Lake Rebecca, 19.7
Mississippi Gateway, 5.9
Murphy-Hanrehan, 21.4
North Mississippi, 1.6
Silverwood Park, 1.6
Sochacki Park, 1.3
Spring Lake, 3
Tierney's Woods, 1.8

Fall Hiking – Lighted Trails

Enjoy fall hiking under the lights. The following trails have lights on until 9 PM during the fall until winter trail operations begin (typically after 2–3" of snowfall):

Winter Hiking

Even if there is snow on the ground, you can still hike in the parks! See in-park trail mileage below. Three Rivers also has miles of regional trails available for walking in the winter. See complete winter regional trail maintenance information listed by city or by trail.

Please note: Hiking is not permitted on cross-country ski trails.

It pays to be nice! Learn how to Share the Trail with bicycle, pedestrian, horse and other traffic.

Birding

Three Rivers parks are excellent for birding. Take this checklist and observation guide with you and see how many you can spot.

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.

In Three Rivers, having fun doesn't have to cost a thing. From free parking to free activities to free programs and events, find your adventure!

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.

The Three Rivers Blog

January 13, 2021

With over 100 miles of winter hiking trails, we've got you covered for your next outdoor adventure! Read on to see some of our favorite short, mid-length and long hikes in Three Rivers.

September 07, 2020

While dryland training is commonly used to prepare for winter sports, anyone can benefit from it. Learn what dryland training means and what kinds of exercises you can incorporate into your visit to the parks. 

August 17, 2020

Meet one of our staff, Lori Lindahl, and discover a day in her life as a Three Rivers Park Service Assistant.

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

a person on a horse

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

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

multi-generational 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

four people snowshoeing on a sunny day.

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. Please note: Snowshoeing is not permitted on cross-country ski trails unless otherwise noted.

New This Season: Snowshoe rentals require advanced reservations. Availability will vary by location.