Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

The peaceful wilderness at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve in northeast Scott County features glacial ridges, hilly terrain and an extensive, lush forest. This park features one of the most challenging cross-country ski areas in the Twin Cities, and a popular mountain bike trail. With the exception of the trails, the park reserve remains undeveloped, making it the best park in Three Rivers for birdwatchers to spot woodland songbirds. This park has also been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.

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Horse Trail Conditions

Heading out for a ride? Check horse trail conditions before you go.

things to do

Boat Launch

Boating

Children with canoes on dock

70 acres of water

Enjoy the placid waters. A concrete boat launch is located off County Road 75. No gas motors allowed; electric trolling motors only. No wake. A daily or annual boat trailer pass is required.

Campground

Camping

Campfire and tents at night

The group campsites at Murphy-Hanrehan will open July 1. 

Group campsites are located in the southern section of the park and accommodate up to 20 horses. 

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skier in falling snow

9 miles of trails

These challenging, groomed trails located in the northeastern section of the park are for advanced level skiing and skate skiing. Skiers get a rush from the challenging trails that feature steep uphill grades and downhill run through thick woods. Trails are typically open from sunrise until sunset. Check trail conditions before you head out. A daily or annual Three Rivers ski pass is required.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Dogs running and playing

3 fenced acres

The fenced dog off-leash area is located at the trailhead. A daily pass or annual pass is required for the off-leash area. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

Dog trailhead

4.2 miles of trails

The turf dog trail at Murphy-Hanrehan is a part of the horse trail. The trail can be accessed from the horse trailer parking lot on Sunset Lake Road. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

A man and his son fish from the shore of a lake.

70 acres of water

Throw a line for your own catch of the day. In Three Rivers, you might reel in muskie, northern pike, sunfish, bass or even walleye.

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.

Hiking

Hiking

Wooded hiking trail

21.4 miles of trails

Roam the pristine expanse at your pace and enjoy one of the best places to go birding in the Twin Cities. The hiking-only trails are very hilly and take hikers through oak woods.

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

Horseback rider on trail

13 miles of trails

Riders can enjoy the scenic beauty of this park reserve on horseback year-round. A trailer parking lot is available. A daily or annual pass is required. Horse rental not available. Click below to check trail status updates.

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

Mountain biker on bridge

10 mile loop series

With over 10 miles of trail and loops rated from easy to advanced, Murphy-Hanrehan Singletrack Trail is a favorite spot for mountain biking in the Twin Cities. The trails are designed and maintained in partnership with volunteers from Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists. Click below to check trail conditions and learn more about mountain biking in Three Rivers.

Paddling

Paddling

Boys in a canoe fishing

70 acres of water

Enjoy the placid waters. A concrete boat launch is located off County Road 75. No gas motors are allowed; electric trolling motors only. Cars with trailers require a daily or annual boat trailer pass.

Skijoring and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Skier being pulled by a dog

5.7 miles of trails

Skijoring is permitted on the multi-use trail and does not require a ski pass. 

Snowmobile Trail

Snowmobiling

Snowmobilers on a wooded trail

The nearly three mile trail provides links through the park along the south boundary connecting to State Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Snowshoers in the woods

5.5 miles of trails

Bring your snowshoes and explore nearly six miles of trails in the southern portion of this scenic park.

Explore Murphy-Hanrehan with KARE 11

Explore the trails of Murphy-Hanrehan and other Three Rivers parks with KARE 11.

See all upcoming programs and events at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve!

Natural Resources

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve remains the best park to see woodland bird species in Three Rivers, and the Natural Resources division does annual songbird surveys to monitor bird populations.

In Partnership

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve is operatedscott county logo under a joint powers agreement between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District. 

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