Nature January 14, 2020
7 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In Minnesota To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead
With 2020 officially here, the new year brings much to look forward to. But in all of the busyness before us, it’s easy to feel stressed. It’s important to step back, take a few peaceful moments, and reflect before diving into all that lies ahead. Luckily, Minnesota has just what you need to find some peace before the next twelve months of activity truly begin. Namely, the Land of 10,000 Lakes has many nature destinations that you can reach through a perfectly peaceful hike that will help you clear your head. Here are seven of our favorites:
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Cliff Line Trail — Blue Mounds State Park
If you're like most Minnesotans, you probably haven't been to Blue Mounds State Park. We don't blame you. It's in the southwestern corner of the state, far from any major city. But this year, make a point to visit. The pink quartzite cliffs are unlike anything else in Minnesota. Hike the Cliff Line Trail for a view of the vast prairie beyond the cliffs. Rest, reflect, and take in the view.
2. Loop Trail — Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park
Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park is a wonderful spot about 60 miles south of Minneapolis. True to its name, the park has beautiful, thick woods that are wonderful for walking in. Hidden in the woods is the aptly named Hidden Falls, where a lovely waterfall tumbles over the rocks. The quiet solitude of this lesser known park make it a winner for those craving reflection.
3. Big Spring Falls Trail — Banning State Park
At Banning State Park in Sandstone, Minnesota, the Big Spring Falls trail is a short but lovely hike thorough the woods. You'll eventually arrive at the Kettle River where it falls over a rocky cliff. This peaceful place is a must-visit spot for anyone looking for a quiet spot.
4. Garden Loop — Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is one of the prettiest parks in the Twin Cities! In warmer months, this gorgeous park is full of colorful wildflowers. And when fall comes, the changing leaves are absolutely stunning. A quiet stroll through this amazing park is just the thing to indulge in some quiet reflection.
5. Long Prairie Trail — Jeffers Petroglyphs
Jeffers Petroglyphs doesn't have waterfalls or cliff views. But it has a beauty all its own. Nestled in a nondescript field in southern Minnesota, those who follow the tallgrass-lined trail will find a wonderful surprise. The quartzite outcrop is covered in ancient petroglyphs from people who lived in and passed through Minnesota long ago. This spot will have you reflecting on the distant past as well as the coming year.
6. Bluff Trail — Touch the Sky Prairie
Blue Mounds State Park isn't the only worthwhile place to visit on the southwestern Minnesota prairie. Follow the short, easy Bluff Trail in Touch the Sky Prairie for a rare glimpse of a prairie waterfall. In this remote area, you will likely be among the only people visiting, making it a perfect place to rest and reflect.
7. Dr. Roberts Trail — Itasca State Park
Itasca State Park is Minnesota's first state park! It's also home to some of the state's most beautiful nature. Take a walk along the quiet Dr. Roberts Trail for a wooded trek through nature. Admire Lake Itasca, and don't forget to walk across the Mississippi River headwaters! Taking part in this tradition will connect you to the past even as you look towards the future.
Are you planning any other hikes this year? Let us know in the comments below! And for more to put on your Minnesota bucket list, check out our list of
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