Lebanon HillsDecorate your walking sticks and get outdoors. It’s time to go hiking! Here are our favorite Twin Cities kid-friendly hiking spots.

  1. Lebanon Hills (Eagan MN) – Check their website calendar for Story Walks! Sponsored by the library, read a story while hiking the beautiful (easy) trail around the lake.
  2. Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings MN) – This Park Reserve boasts fun hiking, beautiful trails, and a great playground, to boot!
  3. Minnehaha Falls (Minneapolis MN) – Take the trail all the way to the Mississippi River (roughly 1mile). Kids love walking on the boardwalk through the wetlands.
  4. Quaking Bog Trail (Minneapolis MN) – A raised boardwalk trail through a bog. Fun way to teach the little ones about another ecosystem.
  5. Barn Bluff (Red Wing MN)- This Red Wing hike is one of the more challenging ones on our list – definitely not for toddlers – but the view at the top is worth the work!
  6. Carver Park Reserve (Victoria MN) – Easy trails make this one perfect for little ones. Plus there’s a visitor center on site for additional exploring. 
  7. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge – Nice hiking for kids and so beautiful you would never know you are minutes from the Mall of America
  8. Springbrook Nature Center – Great trails for kids and a fun nature center
  9. Hyland Park Preserve (Bloomington MN) – Miles of prairie landscapes to hike. Start at the Richardson Nature Center to visit the turkeys and put on a puppet show, and then end at one of the best playgrounds in the state, Hyland Park (aka Chutes and Ladders).
  10. Nerstrand State Park (Nerstrand MN) – This park is especially beautiful for leaf peepers in the Fall. Don’t miss the Hidden Falls trail.
  11. Minnesota Valley State Trail (Jordan MN) – Travel the Minnesota River Valley as it converges into the Mississippi River.

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