Crow-Hassan Park Reserve
Located on the Crow River, this park offers an uninterrupted expanse of peaceful wilderness. Among the scenery, the restored prairie is a year-round attraction for its ever-changing color palette. Miles of trails wind through the park reserve and give an opportunity to spot wildlife like deer, fox, coyotes, trumpeter swans, hawks, and bald eagles. Scenic trails and group campsites that accommodate horses make this park a popular destination for horseback riders.
Interactive Map of Crow-Hassan
Plan Your Visit
Burn off some energy with your pup at the dog off-leash area! Hike, run or play on the turf trails through 40 acres of unfenced wooded and prairie landscapes. A daily pass ($6) or annual pass is required.
Looking for scenic fall views? Enjoy the 4-mile looped turf trail that winds through rolling hills of prairies and forests. Park in the gravel lot near the recreation entrance and begin at either the north or south trailhead. Tip: Remember to grab a printed map at the trailhead or use the interactive map on your smart device — this looped trail connects with other trails through the park and you could find yourself on an all-day adventure.
Needing some solitude in the prairie? Spend the entire day hiking the 18 miles of turf trails through the park. Pack a lunch and find a peaceful spot along the trail to sit and bask in the quiet serenity and take in colorful fall views.
Bring your binoculars and watch for wildlife. Look for bumble bees buzzing over wildflowers and snakes slithering through the tall grasses. Watch for foxes on the trail and hawks soaring the blue skies overhead. Tip: Pack a journal and record your adventure in the prairie to remember it always.
things to do
2.6 miles of trails
Ungroomed/packed multi-use trails offer a serene and isolated experience. The 2.6 miles of trails vary from flat to rolling prairie to hilly woods challenging all outdoor enthusiasts. Make sure to check the trail conditions. Restrooms are at the trailhead and at the outermost area of the perimeter loop.
10 miles of trails
The park has 10 miles of trail designated for dog walking during the summer months and nearly three miles for winter walking. Dogs must be on a six-foot, non-retractable leash and owners must pick-up after their dog.
Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.
18 miles of hiking
Crow-Hassan has one of the most extensive turf trail systems for multi-use activities in all of Three Rivers' parks. Nearly 18 miles are designated for summer hiking and almost 10 miles are designated during the winter.
15.3 miles of trails
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve is known for its extensive horseback riding trails - come for the day or spend the night at a drop-in or reservation group camp. The park includes over 15 miles of summer trails that take riders through the reestablished tall grass prairie and along the scenic Crow River. There are nearly five miles of winter trails in the interior of the park with scenic vistas. Check the Horseback Riding page for trail status updates. Three Rivers does not rent horses.
Skijoring & Dog Sledding
2.6 miles of trails
Ungroomed/packed multi-use trails offer a serene and isolated experience. The 2.6 miles of trails vary from flat to rolling prairie to hilly woods challenging all outdoor enthusiasts. Restrooms are at the trailhead and at the outermost area of the perimeter loop.
Nearly six miles of trail provides links through the park along the eastern boundary to state Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails. Snowmobile trailer parking is available at the park. A daily or season trailer parking pass is required.
1.5 miles of trails
Ungroomed/packed multi-use trails offer a serene and isolated experience. The 1.5 miles of trails vary from flat to rolling prairie to hilly woods challenging all outdoor enthusiasts. Restrooms are at the trailhead and at the outermost area of the perimeter loop.
Sept. 21 | Crow-Hassan
Celebrate the oldest and largest restored prairie in the Twin Cities! Learn about prairie plants and insects, enjoy a wagon ride, and take a tour of the prairie with the hosts of The Wandering Naturalist podcast.
50 Years of Prairie Restoration
In 2019, Three Rivers Park District celebrates 50 years of prairie restoration, and it all started with Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. What began in the fall of 1969 as less than 20 acres of grasses has turned into an important ecosystem that supports a large diversity of animals, insects, and plants.
Today, with almost 100 wildflowers, Crow-Hassan contains one of the most diverse restored prairies in the state. Uncommon plants such as puccoon, pasque flower and prairie violet grow successfully in Crow-Hassan, while attempts at other locations have not been successful.
These lands aren’t just a refuge for plants. Bullsnakes, plains hog-nosed snakes, and more recently regal fritillary butterflies have been successfully reintroduced in the park. All the birds you would expect in a prairie can be found, including sandhill cranes and the endangered Henslow’s sparrow. Other threatened and endangered species found in the park include the rusty patched bumblebee and Blanding’s turtle.
Explore this wonderful resource on your own, at a special program this summer or by volunteering for a prairie seed collection to support restoration efforts in other parks. Watch for a special celebration this fall on September 21.
Learn more about prairie restoration in Three Rivers.
Crow-Hassan Master Plan
Three Rivers is developing a master plan for Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn more about the project.
Three Rivers' started re-planting prairies in 1969 and has restored approximately 1,600 acres of prairie habitat. Crow-Hassan has over 840 acres of restored prairie.
Related Blog Posts
By: John Moriarty
This year, Three Rivers is celebrating 50 years of prairie restoration at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn how it all began and how managing and restoring prairies has evolved since 1969.
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