60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul: Including the Twin Cities' Greater Metro Area and Beyond [NOOK Book]

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Within the seven county "metro" area that encompasses the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul lies a network of hundreds of miles of trails. Hikes were selected to be representative of the area, showcasing the park or region's main attractions or personality. Some of these trails are broad, paved corridors through multi-use parks generously developed to provide a myriad of recreational opportunities for the young and old, the robust ...
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul: Including the Twin Cities' Greater Metro Area and Beyond

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Overview


Within the seven county "metro" area that encompasses the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul lies a network of hundreds of miles of trails. Hikes were selected to be representative of the area, showcasing the park or region's main attractions or personality. Some of these trails are broad, paved corridors through multi-use parks generously developed to provide a myriad of recreational opportunities for the young and old, the robust trekker, and the casual stroller.

Trails are based in a wide range of areas such as walkways of grass winding through majestic stands of Minnesota hardwoods. Other hikes are spider-web networks that remind one of well-used deer trails. Some are isolated within a pocket of greenery surrounded by vast ribbons of freeway concrete and broad subdivisions. Others are woven within the fabric of parklands so expansive that you could literally spend weeks hiking all the networks lying within their folds. Twin Cities' hiking is huge so get the guide that gets you there and back.

This decisive guide to day hikes in the Twin Cities’ area just got better. Updated maps, new hikes, new photos, and brand-new trailhead coordinates make Tom Watson's authoritative guide even more useful than before.
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"Watson is the area’s definitive keeper of the trailhead and tent pad. For 30 years, he’s been writing about outdoor topics in Minnesota." —MinnPost.com, July 2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897329347
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,122,678
  • File size: 27 MB
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Meet the Author


Tom Watson grew up enjoying Minnesota's great outdoors. He's an active freelance photojournalist with many outdoor articles and photos in national publications to his credit. Besides hiking, he's also an avid sea kayaker. He currently lives, plays, and works out of Appleton, in western Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

About the Author x

Preface xi

Recommended Hikes xiv

Introduction 1

Urban-Suburban St. Paul 16

1 Battle Creek 18

2 Big Rivers Regional Trail 21

3 Crosby Farm Park 25

4 Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Eagle Point Lake 29

5 South St. Paul Riverfront Trail 33

6 Thompson County Park, Thompson Trail 37

Urban-Suburban Minneapolis 40

7 Bass Ponds Trail, Long Meadow Lake 42

8 Bryant Lake 46

9 Bunker Hills Regional Park 49

10 Carlos Avery Trail 53

11 City Lakes Chain, Lakes Harriet, Calhoun, and Isles 57

12 Clifton E. French Regional Park 61

13 Coon Rapids Dam 64

14 Fort Snelling State Park, Snelling Lake and Pike Island Trails 67

15 Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Richardson Interpretive Trail 70

16 Lake Nokomis 74

17 Minnehaha Falls and Creek 78

18 Mississippi Gorge Trail 82

19 Rice Creek North Regional Trail 87

20 Wood Lake Nature Center 91

Southwest 96

21 Cleary Lake Regional Park 98

22 Douglas State Trail 102

23 Lake Byllesby Regional Park 105

24 Louisville Swamp, Mazomani Trail 108

25 Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area, Lawrence Trail 113

26 Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 117

27 Sakatah Lake State Park 120

Southeast 124

28 Afton State Park 126

29 Barn Bluff 130

30 Cannon Valley Trail 134

31 Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park 139

32 Frontenac State Park, Bluffside Trail 142

33 Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Holland/Jensen Lakes Loop 146

34 Miesville Ravine Park Reserve 151

35 Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park, Big Woods Trail 151

36 Spring Lake Park Reserve, Schaar's Bluff Trail 158

Northwest 162

37 Baker Park Reserve 164

38 Baylor Regional Park 168

39 Carver Park Reserve/Lowry Nature Center, Tamarack Trail 171

40 Crow-Hassan Park Reserve 175

41 Elm Creek Park Reserve 179

42 Elm Creek Park Reserve, Eastman Nature Trail 183

43 Lake Maria State Park 188

44 Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, Marsh Trail Loop 192

45 Lake Rebecca Park Reserve 195

46 Rum River Central Regional Park 199

47 Rum River North County Park 203

48 Sand Dunes State Forest, Ann Lake 206

49 Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie's Edge Trail 209

50 Snail Lake 213

Northeast 216

51 Gateway State Trail 218

52 Interstate State Park, Minnesota 222

53 Interstate State Park, Wisconsin 226

54 Kinnickinnic State Park, Wisconsin 231

55 Pine Point Regional Park Trail 234

56 Red Cedar State Trail, Wisconsin 238

57 Tamarack Nature Center 242

58 Wild River State Park 245

59 William O'Brien State Park, Upper Park Trail 249

60 Willow River State Park 253

Appendix: Information Sources 258

Index 260

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