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Best Hiking Trails In Minnesota

These hiking trails are some of the most gorgeous trails available for public debut. Minnesota is known for its awesome outdoor hiking recreation at any time of the year. If you and your family or friends need a couple of days out of town to relax and enjoy nature and all it has to offer, visit these spots in Minnesota. You will be glad you did.

Minnesota River Bottoms West
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Minnesota River Bottoms West
11255 Bloomington Ferry Road
Bloomington, MN 55438

Hiking the trails of Minnesota is always a popular outdoor activity for any season of the year. People enjoy hiking towards the east of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge. The sites are absolutely breathtaking, detailed and wonderful to photograph for a hiking scrapbook. Hiking is great exercise and very enjoyable for anyone who loves the outdoors.

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St. Anthony Falls Spectacular
6th Ave. S.E. and Main St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(651) 296-6126

This scenic hiking trail has one of the most beautiful views that you will ever see in your lifetime. People can see the beautiful waterfalls and learn about the history of the area while they hike this wonderful, scenic trail. The water flows over these beautiful falls and they are absolutely gorgeous, spectacular, educational and soothing all at the same time. You will want to go back again and again. Hikers can learn what the state of Minnesota uses the falls' power supply for and why the falls are so very special.

Afton State Park
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Afton State Park
6959 Peller Ave. S
Hastings, MN 55033
(651) 436-5391

This park is absolutely wonderful for a hiking trail at any time of the year. This hiking trail has long trail walks through the rugged outdoor terrains. The trees and shrubbery are spectacular and of all different colors. Visit in fall if you want to see some of the most beautiful and vibrant foliage in the state.

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Jensen Lake
1350 Carriage Hills Drive
Eagan, MN 55123
(952) 891-7000

This scenic park offers miles of hiking trails and various lakes for year-round fun with its prestigious outdoor recreation events and sporting activities. The most popular hiking trails in this area are Jensen Lake Trailhead and Holland Lake Trailhead. No one can deny that hiking along a lake makes for a more enjoyable experience. Take a dip if you find yourself a bit overheated from the trek.

Spring Lake Park Reserve
8395 127th St. E.
Hastings, MN 55033
(952) 891-7000

This park offers the famous Schaar's Bluff Trailhead hiking trail. This trail provides any potential hiker with an awesome scenic view of the Mississippi River Valley. Bring your camera along to take photographs of your trip. Hastings has some of the most hilly terrain in the state and offers a different glimpse of Minnesota's natural beauty, especially during the summertime. The trials are more than three miles in length so they can double as a workout for the day. Stop in the cute town of Hastings for a meal before or after your adventure.

Misty Wesley is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. Her work can be found on


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