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 and Events

Upcoming hiking programs and events.

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

Winter Hiking

Even if there is snow on the ground, you can still hike in the parks.

  • Anderson Lakes: 2.1 miles
  • Baker: 17.2 miles (1-mile loop at campground plowed/packed)
  • Bryant: 4.5 miles
  • Carver: 5.3 miles
  • Cedar Lake Farm: 3 miles
  • Cleary: 5.6 miles (2.7 miles plowed/packed)
  • Coon Rapids Dam: 4 miles
  • Crow-Hassan: 7.8 miles
  • Eagle 1 mile (plowed/packed)
  • Elm Creek: 23.2 miles
  • Fish Lake: 3.2 miles (1-mile loop plowed/packed)
  • French: 2.7 miles (plowed/packed)
  • Gale Woods Farm: 4.8 miles
  • Hyland: 8.6 miles (1-mile loop and 2.5 mils of regional trail plowed/packed)
  • Kingswood: 1.3 miles
  • Lake Minnetonka: 1-mile loop around the swim pond (plowed/packed)
  • Lake Rebecca: 28.5 miles
  • Lake Sarah Dog Off-Leash Area: 0.9 miles
  • Murphy-Hanrehan: 18.3 miles
  • Noerenberg Gardens: 0.3 miles
  • North Mississippi: 1.3 miles
  • Silverwood: 2 miles
  • Sochacki 1.3 miles
  • Spring Lake: 4.5 miles
  • The Landing: 1 mile
  • Tierney's Woods: 1.8 miles

Birding

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

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.

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.

The Three Rivers Blog

October 28, 2019

Meet Jen Theisen, also known as Wandering Pine. She's a hiker, a Boy Scout leader, a cleaner of the earth, an ambassador for Women Who Hike, a blogger and a loyal Three Rivers guest. Learn how she found her place in the outdoors and her favorite parks in Three Rivers.

Best Hikes for Fall Colors

By: Three Rivers Staff

October 14, 2019

Fall is the perfect time for hiking, and Three Rivers has endless options. From half-mile walks with lake views to more challenging hikes through maple forests, read on to see our staff picks for best fall hikes.

September 03, 2019

Friday is National Read a Book Day. To help you prepare, Mary Magers, bookseller at Minneapolis independent bookstore Magers & Quinn, agreed to share some of her favorite books about the natural world. From pollinators to weather to winter survival and more, read on to find your next page-turner.

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.