Hiking & Running Trails in Dakota County

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Hiking trail in Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Dakota County has six regional and county parks. These parks offer more natural surface trails than any other county. That means a much more relaxing hike or run than when you constantly have to be alert for traffic on wheels!

Dakota County uses Avenza PDF Maps app for several of their trails. It’s free to use and you don’t need to have cell service to access the maps once they’re on your phone.

Lake Byllesby Regional Park (Cannon Falls)

The folks here at Lake Byllesby managed to fit over 3 miles of hiking trails in this small Park, plus another 2/3 mile paved trail if you feel more ambitious. Here’s the map.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagen/Apple Valley)

Lebanon Hills, at 2,000 acres, is one of the largest regional parks in the Twin Cities and offers a fantastic trail system, including over 20 miles of hiking trails, 8 lakes and a couple ponds.

The Park is divided between an east and west section, with Pilot Knob Road splitting the two. Here’s the map. The first page shows the west side with its 5+ miles of trails in the single-track bike park (also open to hikers).

Scroll down and you’ll find the map for the east side with an additional 15 miles in woods, some open prairie, all on rolling hills and among the lakes.

And here’s another map—a topographical, high-resolution map of both sections (be patient as it takes awhile to load!).

Read: Hiking in Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Miesville Ravine Park Reserve (Miesville)

1,600-acre Miesville has a small section with 2-1/4 miles of hiking trails along either Trout Brook or the Cannon River. Here’s the map.

Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings/Rosemount)

This Reserve offers 4.39 miles of hiking trails with another 6 miles of paved trails. Here’s the map.

Read: Hiking at Schaar’s Bluff (Spring Lake Park Reserve)

Thompson County Park (West St. Paul)

This little 57-acre park is great if you’re looking for a shorter run or hike. Thompson has just under 3 miles of trails if you combine the hiking and paved trails together. Here’s the map.

Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington)

Whitetail Woods, a 456-acre park, offers over 20 miles of hiking trails. That includes the 10.6 mile Lone Rock Trail that has a “lane” for horses, too. You’ll walk through wetlands, woods, rolling hills and around Empire Lake. Here’s the Whitetail Woods map.


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