Minnesota May 03, 2017
11 Little-Known Trails That Will Lead You To The Most Beautiful Spots In Minnesota
There are many incredible trails in every region of Minnesota. They lead you to waterfalls, through thick woods, and alongside rugged cliffs. But, more often than not, they’re full of people who can detract from the serenity of your hike and leave you feeling not quite satisfied. Luckily, there are a lot of little-known trails in Minnesota, too. These 11 will lead you to some of the most beautiful spots in Minnesota.
1. Hidden Falls Trail
With all the attention Gooseberry and Minnehaha Falls get, it's no wonder some of Minnesota's smaller waterfalls have fallen by the wayside. The Hidden Falls at Nerstrand/Big Woods State Park are seriously underrated. Luckily, the trail to see it is short and easy. A 1/3-mile hike on a maintained trail will bring you to this beautiful, secluded waterfall.
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2. Caribou Falls Trail
If you don't typically stop at waysides, you could easily miss the Caribou Falls Trail. The 3/4-mile trail is located at the Caribou Falls State Wayside along Highway 61. The trail leads to a gorgeous view of the 35-feet-high Caribou Falls. If you're a waterfall chaser who doesn't mind a short walk, you'll love it.
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3. Cannon Valley Trail
The Cannon Valley Trail is a gorgeous multi-use trail through southeastern Minnesota. Its 19-mile length offers plenty of room to share the trail while still maintaining solitude. The trail offers amazing views of cliffs, wetlands, and forests.
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4. North Country Trail
The North Country Trail is huge. It spans over 4,000 miles across the United States, including many miles in northern Minnesota. But its length is what makes it such a great trail. Because there are few people who hike it, you're not likely to run into anyone no matter what part of the trail you start on. All you'll have to focus on is the natural beauty of northern Minnesota, including incredible views of Lake Superior.
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5. Border Route Trail
The 65-mile-long Border Route Trail is a winding path through the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. For experienced hikers, it's a great way to explore the Boundary Waters without having to paddle. The entire trail is beautiful, but one of the most popular views is the Rose Lake overlook. There are also many campsites along the trail for those who are up for a multi-day hike.
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6. Snowbank Trail
The Snowbank Trail is another little-known route through the Boundary Waters. At about 21 miles long, it's a bit long for inexperienced hikers. But if you're up for it, the trail offers lovely overlooks of lakes and forests.
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7. Hyland Lake Trail
8. Kekekabic Trail
The Kekekabic Trail is another long hike - 42 miles - that would take an experienced hiker several days to complete. But taking a shorter jaunt along it would still take you on a beautiful tour within the thick forest it cuts through. Originally used as a firefighter's trail, it goes through old-growth pines and offers a view of Kekekabic Lake.
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9. Mazomani Trail
In Jordan, Minnesota, the Mazomani Trail is a 5-mile loop through the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Hikers will get a firsthand view of huge, impressive rock formations, a lovely river, and plenty of lush fields.
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10. Goldenrod Trail
11. Angleworm Lake Trail
What’s your favorite trail in Minnesota? Let us know in the comments! If you’re looking for even more great hikes, check out this list of
16 amazing hikes in Minnesota.