Within 30 minutes drive from the Twin Cities Metro Area are more than 30 parks with a diverse array of scenic hiking trails. One of the closest hikes in the city is the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Nestled in the southern corridor of Theodore Wirth Park, this botanical garden offers respite from the bustling Twin Cities.
For hikers who want to leave the city, it is easy to get to the dozens of parks that reside just outside the city limits. South of the cities, near the MSP International Airport is the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Comprised of nearly 14,000 acres of wetland, floodplain forest, and tall grass prairie; hikers will love the maintained hiking trails and ample wildlife viewing opportunities. Found within the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is the Louisville Swamp, which is a favorite for wildflower blooms and learning about local war history.
For those hikers who want to spot some turtles and enjoy a quiet hike not so far from the city will enjoy the Wood Lake Nature Centerand Wargo Nature Center.