Plan Your Visit: 2 Hours
Where To Go
Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain
Bring your bike and ride the 12.5-mile paved loop over rolling hills and bask in scenic views of the big woods along the trail. Pack a picnic and park at a rest stop along the way for lunch. Want to bring the whole family? Child bike trailers may be rented on weekends and holidays from the Baker Campground office.
Bryant Lake Regional Park, Eden Prairie
Try out the 18-hole disc golf course and take in scenic lake views, especially at hole #17, where you can throw your disc off a cliff to reach the basket! Don't have your own discs? No problem! Rentals are available through October at the entrance gate. A daily pass ($6) is required.
Carver Park Reserve, Victoria
Spend a couple of hours exploring Lowry Nature Center, celebrating 50 years as nature’s classroom in 2019. While at Lowry, there is plenty to explore both inside and out. Keep an eye out for osprey nesting in the park, or stop by the raptor mew and learn about other birds of prey in the area. Explore and play on your own or check out the program offerings happening many weekend days throughout the year.
Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague
Avoid the crowds and plan a lake day! Pack your fishing gear if you have it and make use of the large fishing pier. Look for birds soaring above and turtles in the high reeds and grasses adjacent to the lake. Enjoy a picnic at one of the many tables under the towering oaks and take in the colorful fall views before the snow flies.
Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake
Hike, bike or run on the 3.5-mile paved loop around Cleary Lake! Walking the whole loop takes over an hour, but with the many different rest spots and observation points, it’s a really enjoyable time. Cool down in the shade under a big tree and get a snack at the visitor center!
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park
becoming Mississippi Gateway Regional Park.
Bring your fishing equipment and throw a line into the Mississippi River from the fishing deck located on the west side of the dam. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with a view at one of the picnic areas.
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers
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.
Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth
Bask in the summer sun with your family or friends and play on the 18-hole miniature golf course! Cost for adults is $5.59 + tax and $4.66 +tax for kids. Stop at concessions for a treat after!
Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove
Go for a bike tour around the park on 20 miles of paved trails! These trails offer colorful, breathtaking fall views of forest, wetlands, old farm fields and more. Pack a snack or lunch and park at a rest area to enjoy the scenery.
Looking for a full-day bike adventure? The trail system is connected to city trails in Maple Grove, Dayton and Champlin, and to the Rush Creek and Medicine Lake regional trails so you can explore the surrounding areas at your own pace.
Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove
Explore the dog off-leash area with your pup! A daily pass ($6) is required. Pack a lunch or food to grill and plan a picnic with your family and friends at one of the scenic areas atop a grassy hill.
French Regional Park, Plymouth
Bike or walk the 4.6-mile paved loop around the park and take in views of Medicine Lake. Stop by the pier near the rental equipment building and look for turtles, geese, ducks and other wildlife in the wetlands. Pack snacks and relax at the picnic areas near the beach, where you’ll find a perfect open space to fly a kite and gorgeous fall views over Medicine Lake.
Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Walk, jog, or bike the 2.1-mile limestone trail where cows, sheep and pigs may be visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard. Stop at the Farm Store to pick up a map, shop farm-to-table food and yarn, and check out the educational program offerings (usually $5). Enjoy a 0.5-mile hike to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access.
Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington
Go on a bike tour through the park on 8.7 miles of paved trails that loop through mature forests and restored prairies. Look for wildlife along the way and stop at one of the many rest areas for a snack or woodland picnic.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Minnetrista
Bring the whole family and take a walk along the paved trail that circles the picnic areas. Pack a lunch, enjoy some snacks and then head to the play area to climb through tunnels and fly down slides!
Another option: Try out the 3-hole practice disc golf course. Bring your own disc or rent one for $5.
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford
Bring your bike and pack some snacks for a tour of the park! Ride the 10-mile paved loop through prairies, wetlands and big woods. Park your bike at the viewing spot on the east side of the lake and enjoy the views of ducks and swans swimming along the shore and through the cattails.
Looking for more adventure? Try your mountain biking skills on the 13.5-mile singletrack trail.
MAC Wildlife Area, Crystal
Bring your binoculars and go for a stroll along the newly constructed boardwalk through cattails and wetlands! This park is a wonderful and peaceful oasis right in the city. Find learning stations along the path and enjoy close-up views of the wetland area. This park is a premier wildlife viewing area where you can find plants and animals seen nowhere else.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage
Go for a stroll and see what birds you can find. This park is designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Park at the horse trailer parking lot, head towards trail intersection 31 and walk through restored prairie habitat on your way to intersection 28. Continue south to intersections 33 to 34 to walk through forested areas. Hike near wetlands on the way to trail intersection 35, and stop at intersection 36 for a breathtaking panoramic view of fields and wetlands. Continue to intersection 37 and back to your car. Route is about 3.2 miles with gently rolling hills.
Schaper Park, Golden Valley
Race against the clock to get past obstacles on the fully accessible fitness challenge course. This course is perfect for all abilities ages 13+. Set your own personal record and try to set new records!
Silverwood Park, St. Anthony
Meander the paved loop around the park and go on a self-guided poetry tour. There are six stops along the trail where you can sit and listen to poetry from regional artists. Using a smart device, scan the QR code or type in a web address to access the tour. You’ll find the poem’s location on a map, audio of the poem as well as a written copy and a biography of the poet.
Sochacki Park, Robbinsdale
Pack a lunch and settle up at the picnic table under the tiny shelter. Get going again with a 1.68-mile down-and-back jaunt on the paved trail, or check out the turf trails that wind alongside it. Want something to do while you walk? Try geocaching! There are several known geocaches hiding in Sochacki. Use an app on your smart device to see how many you can find!
Spring Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake
Stroll the beautiful 3-mile paved loop that takes you through a gorgeous and relatively untouched natural area. The park boundary stretches down to the lake and there are some amazing vistas on the shoreline.
Taft Park, Richfield
Give geocaching a try! There are several creative geocaches in this park. Use an app on your smart device to find the geocaches.
Looking to relax? Bring a book to read and a hammock or blanket and enjoy a peaceful time in the park.
The Landing, Shakopee
Take a self-guided tour and connect with the stories of the site through interpretive brochures, cell phone stops and signs.