Summer Guide 2020: Hiking

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Is hiking is the extreme version of walking around?

Sometimes, you want to walk. And taking a walk through a neighborhood just isn't going to cut it. This installment of City Pages Summer Guide will help you take a destination walk: one with beautiful scenery, extra leg-action requirements, and little creatures watching from a distance. 

But first, in case you missed the rest of our Summer Guide coverage:

Summer Guide 2020: Where to canoe, kayak, paddle board, and more (plus rentals)

Bike trails and rentals

Ready to rebuild? These groups and businesses could use your help

Black-owned/run arts orgs in the Twin Cities to support right now (and always)

Black-owned restaurants in the Twin Cities to support right now (and always)

GoFundThem: Where to donate to save Twin Cities restaurants

Farmers markets

Classes and workshops


Now, onto our roundup of where to hike in the Twin Cities metro area: 

Afton State Park

20 miles turf; 4 miles paved; .75 miles self-guided. 6959 S. Peller Ave., Hastings, 651-436-5391;

Baker Park Reserve

19.8 miles total, paved and unpaved. 2309 Baker Park Rd., Maple Plain; 763-694-7860,

Banning State Park

17 miles turf; 1 mile paved; 1.8 miles self-guided. (Hwy. 23 and I-35), Sandstone, 320-245-2668;

Big Rivers Regional Trail

5.14 miles paved. (Hwy. 55 to Mendota Heights Rd., west 1/2 mi. on the road to trailhead), Mendota Heights; 952-891-7000;

Bryant Lake Regional Park

3 miles total, both turf and paved. 6800 Rowland Rd., Eden Prairie, 763-694-7764;

Carver Park Reserve

25.7 miles total, both turf and paved.

7200 Victoria Dr. (Lowry Nature Center), Victoria, 763-694-7650;

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

7 miles turf. 1615 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls, 320-616-2525;

Cleary Lake Regional Park

7 miles total, both paved and unpaved. 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake, 763-694-7777;

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

4.6 miles total, both paved and unpaved. 10360 W. River Rd., Brooklyn Park; 763-694-7790,

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

17.6 miles of turf. 12595 Park Dr., Rogers, 763-694-7860;

Eagle Lake Regional Park

1 mile unpave, 1 mile paved trail. 11000 Bass Lake Rd., Plymouth, 763-694-7695;

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Over 50 miles of hiking trails, both paved and unpaved. 12400 James Deanne Pkwy., Maple Grove; 763-694-7894,

Fish Lake Regional Park

3.3 miles of hiking trails, both paved and unpaved. 14900 Bass Lake Rd., Maple Grove; 763-694-7818,

Fort Snelling State Park

18 miles total. 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul, 612-279-3550;

French Regional Park

10.4 miles total, both paved and unpaved. 12605 Cty. Rd. 9, Plymouth 763-694-7750;

Gale Woods Farm

3.5 miles of crushed limestone trails. 7210 County Rd. 110 W., Minnetrista, 763-694-2001;

Hidden Falls regional Park

6.7 miles of paved trails next to the Mississippi River. 1313 Hidden Falls Dr., St. Paul, 651-632-5111;

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

17.8 miles of trails, both paved and unpaved. 10145 Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington; 763-694-7687,

Interstate Park

4 miles turf; 3 miles self-guided; .5 miles wheelchair-accessible. 307 Milltown Rd., Taylors Falls, 651-465-5711;

Lake Maria State Park

14 miles turf, 2 miles self-guided. 11411 Clementa Ave. NW, Monticello, 763-878-2325;

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park

Over four miles of paved trails. 4610 Cty. Rd. 44, Minnetrista, 763-694-7754;

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

15.6 miles of both paved and unpaved trails. 9831 Rebecca Park Trail, Rockford, 763-694-7860;

Minnesota Valley State Recreational Area

47 miles turf; 6 miles paved; 4.5 miles self-guided. 19825 Park Blvd., Jordan, 952-254-5774;

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

21.4 miles total, both paved and unpaved, featuring the hiking-only Wood Duck trail. 15501 Murphy Lake Rd. (Cty. Rd. 75), Savage, 763-694-7777;

North Mississippi Regional Park

1.6 miles paved, with guided nature hikes and outdoor explorations throughout the summer. 5700 Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis, 763-694-7790;

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

6 miles paved; 8.25 miles turf. 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, 952-443-1400;

Willard Munger State Trail

Trail runs 70 miles from Hinckley to Duluth. The paved 18.3 mile Gateway state trail traverses Phalen Park. 651-296-6157;