Runners can thank the glaciers for sculpting such a diverse trail running landscape across Minnesota. The towering bluffs that border the Mississippi River offer its runners lung-bursting climbs and downhill balancing drills. Though, some of the best trails are found in Minnesota’s rolling hills, which are carpeted in native prairies and wildflower meadows.
Afton State Park, which is only 40 minutes east of Minneapolis, is known for its hilly terrain and is perfect for the endorphin seeking trail runner. This park also offers flat trails for those trail runners who want a more relaxing workout.
Equally equidistant to Afton, but northwest, Crow Hassan State Park offers runners 17 miles of beautiful prairie trails with gradual rises and climbs in elevation.
Minneapolis’s largest regional park, Theodore Wirth Park, offers some of the best running trails in the Twin Cities area. If you’re looking for hilly terrain, then start near Wirth Lake and weave your way south towards the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Quaking Bog.