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.

COVID-19

Updates & FAQs

Our parks and trails are open! Please remember to practice social distancing while enjoying the outdoors. For the safety of our guests and employees, our buildings are closed. 

All 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.

  • 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)
  • 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
  • Mississippi Gateway: 4 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

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

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

Quiet Parks to Explore

By: Alyssa Schauer Erin Korsmo

April 03, 2020

As Earth blooms, we’re all feeling the urge to get outside and welcome spring. But in the midst of COVID-19, how can we do it safely? We’ve rounded up a list of some quiet places to explore where you can find the space you need to spread out and still bask in the beauty of spring sunshine.

February 17, 2020

Animal tracking is a great way to learn about animals — even without seeing them. Learn how to identify some common prints you may see on your next outdoor adventure as well as how scientists track animals to learn about their behaviors and lifecycles.

February 03, 2020

Around the Twin Cities, there is a woody vine that looks similar to one of our native vines — but is highly invasive. Read on to learn why oriental bittersweet is a problem, how to distinguish it from American bittersweet and what you can do to help.

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.