Hiking & Running Trails in the Twin Cities
Do you hike, walk, run or jog? You have hundreds of miles of paved and natural-surface trails to choose from in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area.
We’ve divided the trails by county so you can easily choose the area where you live or where you want to visit. We’ve limited our selection to those trails that are NOT along roadways.
We include both paved and natural-surface trails (dirt, gravel, mowed grass).
Anoka County (North)
Anoka County has 18 regional and county parks. 13 of them offer enough trails in natural areas to be worth listing. Most of these trails are dual-purpose for both foot traffic and bicycles, although some are natural-surface trails for foot traffic only.
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Carver County (Southwest)
Carver County has three regional parks, two of which have a small network of trails for foot traffic. It also hosts Carver Park Reserve (in the Three Rivers Parks district) with 36 miles of trails.
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Dakota County (South-Southeast)
Dakota County has six regional and county parks. What sets them apart is the natural surface trails—they offer more than any other county. Not only are those easier on our bodies, but quieter, too since they’re designated for foot traffic only.
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Hennepin County (West-Central, including Minneapolis)
Hennepin County has 19 parks and reserves, including the gorgeous Chain of Lakes Regional Park—famous for its trails around several lakes right in Minneapolis. Many of the parks are more remote, too, for a more rural, less urban experience.
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Ramsey County (East-Central, including St. Paul)
Ramsey County has 16 regional parks, preserves and trails perfect for hiking and running. Some are paved and multi-use, but many are natural surface trails for foot traffic only.
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Scott County (South-Southwest)
Scott County has three regional parks, two of which have a small networks of trails for foot traffic. It also hosts part of the Minnesota Valley State Trail, which includes many miles of unpaved trails.
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Washington County (East)
Washington County is home to eight Regional Parks, State Parks and reserves with some of the best, most extensive trails in the Metro area. Its eastern border is the St. Croix River, with its gorgeous river valley.
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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Southcentral & Southwestern Twin Cities)
The 14,000-acre Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge borders several Twin Cities counties and offers 34 miles of hiking trails through forests and wetlands. The northeastern-most unit is just across the Minnesota River from Fort Snelling State Park.
Twin Cities Hiking & Trail Running Guide
Published in 2020, our 48-page digital Hiking & Trail Running Guide is the easiest way to find hiking and running trails in all seven counties of the Twin Cities metro area.