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Old 04-12-2017, 03:26 PM
 
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I'm a mom at home with two toddlers, looking to move back home to Minnesota from
New England. I spend a lot of time hiking with my kids (alone and with my husband) and want to continue doing so! What are your favorite hiking spots near or within the city for a morning hike? Which trails do you recommend most for young kids? Which trails would you avoid?
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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Fort Snelling State Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge are two of my favorite spots. Basically the area around the Mississippi River and Minnesota Rivers. https://www.nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/minnvall.htm Fort Snelling State Park: Minnesota DNR
Bring bug spray in the summer. Lebanon Hills in Eagan and Battle Creek Park in St Paul are also nice.
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Old 04-12-2017, 06:47 PM
 
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Eloise Butler wildflower garden is good! I have a book of top 25 hiking trails in the metro that hasn't let me down yet. If I can find it, I'll post it here.
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Carver County, MN
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Crosby farm park west of Downtown St. Paul and Mounds Bluff east of Downtown St. Paul.
Carver County between Chaska and Shakopee has a nice, quite, wooded bike/hiking trail.
Fort Snelling and Pike Island is very nice.
I have also heard there is some great hiking in the St. Croix valley, but I have never been there yet myself.
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Old 04-12-2017, 09:09 PM
 
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Not hiking but worth a look for a good intro to state parks:

I Can! Program Series: Minnesota DNR
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:56 PM
 
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Interstate State Park! Technically in Wisconsin, but just a 40-50 min drive from downtown.
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:22 AM
 
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Interstate State Park! Technically in Wisconsin, but just a 40-50 min drive from downtown.
Two parks, one in each state. The WI park is much bigger. The MN park has rock climbing (used for the I Can Hike climbs):

Interstate State Park | Taylors Falls: Minnesota DNR

Also on the WI side of the St. Croix is Willow Run State Park, just past Hudson, WI, about 15 million minutes from St. Paul off I-94.

Some nice hiking at Afton State Park,also about 15 minutes east of St. Paul.
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Two parks, one in each state. The WI park is much bigger. The MN park has rock climbing (used for the I Can Hike climbs):

Interstate State Park | Taylors Falls: Minnesota DNR

Also on the WI side of the St. Croix is Willow Run State Park, just past Hudson, WI, about 15 million minutes from St. Paul off I-94.

Some nice hiking at Afton State Park,also about 15 minutes east of St. Paul.

that seems a bit too far
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:40 AM
 
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that seems a bit too far
ymmv?
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Old 04-13-2017, 01:24 PM
 
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All great suggestions! Thank you! Completely forgot about Eloise Butler - sparked some wonderful memories! One thing - growing up in MN I always thought that Fort Snelling wasn't the kind of place you go alone? Or maybe I have the wrong idea. As a kid, I spent a lot of time at Theodore Wirth, Carver, Hyland Reserve and of course the lakes/Minnehaha creek for path walking. Interstate is nice - weekend trip for me with littles but still a great idea!
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