(Andover/Coon Rapids, Anoka County • Daily or annual Anoka County parks pass required.)
Bunker Hills Regional Park is (and we’ll admit bias!) one of the Twin Cities’ jewels.
Here are things to love about hiking and running in Bunker Park:
There are many miles of trails
So Anoka County doesn’t list mileage on their Parks & Rec website or their PDF maps. So we don’t know exactly how many miles are available. But their trails are pretty extensive—both the paved, multi-use trails and the natural-surface trails for foot traffic only.
This means plenty of room to do a long run without retracing your steps if you’re training for an endurance race.
Plenty of hills
This goes without saying at a place called Bunker Hills! You’ll get a great workout, especially if you include the southern section of the Park in your route. It’s like doing an automatic HIIT (high-intensity internal training) session!
This park is beautiful
Well, all the Twin Cities parks are beautiful—but 1,600 acres of forest, oak savannah, prairie and wetlands means a lot of scenery changes and diversity, too.
Plenty of people, but not too many
Enough walkers, runners, bikers and roller bladers use the paved trails to feel camaraderie. But it’s not nearly as crowded as the trails closer to and in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul—even though it’s surrounded by 346,000 Anoka County residents.
Very little traffic noise
Bordered on the north by Bunker Lake Blvd. and on the south by Highway 14, Bunker is sheltered enough that the traffic noise is hardly noticeable. A railroad track runs by the west side, however, so it’s possible you’ll hear a train occasionally.
You may see wildlife
We’ve seen deer, fox and coyote along and beside the trails in various times of year.
A word of warning: Bring a map!
The trail system is quite complex, and many of the intersections are unmarked. We advise downloading and carrying a Trails Map (or grabbing one from one of the Park offices) until you’re familiar with the Park.
Getting to Bunker
The South Entrance is off Highway 14 and the North Entrance is off Bunker Lake Boulevard. You can also access the trails from the Bunker Hills Activity Center parking lot, also off Bunker Lake Blvd.
NOTE: The Annual Permit is good for all Anoka County, Washington County and Carver County Regional Parks.