March 30th is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, and what better way to celebrate than by… taking a walk in the park! These city, county and regional parks in Greater St. Cloud have easy, beautiful hiking (or strolling) paths with some of the best views in Minnesota. Don’t believe us? Go see for yourself!
Take a Hike
1802 County Road 137, Waite Park, MN 56387
Probably Greater St. Cloud’s most well-known park, Quarry Park has so much to offer visitors. During the warmer months, the trails lead to refreshing quarry swimming holes, fishing spots, and even rock climbing walls. But beyond all that, Quarry Park is simply a beautiful, relaxing place to take a walk. The entry fee is just $5 per car, and the trails seem to be nearly endless. Click here to view park map.
12857 County Road 51; St. Joseph, MN 56374
Also located just a short drive from St. Cloud is Kraemer Lake Wildwood Park. With natural surface trails that lead to scenic overlooks, half a mile of lake frontage, and marshy areas that offer unique perspectives on native Minnesota wildlife, this 265 acre park is a great place to take a hike. Plus, half of this park is identified as a significant natural community, with some trees over 300 years old! Click here to view park map.
1485 County Road 143, Clearwater, MN 55320
This 264 acre park surrounds Warner Lake in Clearwater, and has been in existence since 1973. Not only does Warner Lake County Park have shelters, a picnic area, a play area, a swimming beach and a fishing pier, but there are also miles of hiking paths all through the park. Cross the creek, traverse the marsh, and even scale the shoreline on these perfect hiking paths. Click here to view park map.
NE River Road, Rice, MN 56367
Just park at the old farmstead and head south – how picturesque does that sound? Bend in the River Park is a 289 acre park, including 3,300 feet of undeveloped shoreline on the Mississippi River. You will love the scenic views of the river from the high banks, which include views of islands and the adjacent 220 acre wildlife management area. Click here to view park map.
11503 Glacier Road, Rockville, MN 56301
Located just outside of St. Cloud in Rockville, the walking pats in Rockville County Park encompass all types of natural areas. Stroll through whispering grassy fields. Get a glimpse of the rapids up close to the Sauk River. Hike (if you dare) up to the observation deck to see if you can spot a bald eagle. With options to just go a little ways or to walk all day, you will have so much fun exploring Rockville County Park. Click here to view park map.
Near the southeastern edge of Saint Cloud, south of Co Rd 7. Signs mark the entrance on the east side of Hwy 10 at its junction with Minnesota Blvd.
This 650 acre area in the glacial flood plain of the Mississippi River is designated as a Wildlife Management Area, which means it’s set aside for the conservation of wildlife and recreational activities involving wildlife – like hiking. Come enjoy the natural beauty of this area which is full of opportunities to view wildlife, study nature, and of course, go for a hike. Come ready to explore, and watch for sandhill cranes!
Several trails around St. John’s University campus, located at 2850 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56312
The Arboretum at St. John’s University features six different hikes of varying lengths, including the well-known Stella Maris Chapel Trail, the short and scenic Boardwalk Loop, and even several cross-country ski trails. Twisting through the beautiful Collegeville hills, these trails are great for any season. Check out the arboretum calendar for events throughout the year as well! For a full list an map of all the hiking options at SJU, click here.
- Munsinger Clemens Gardens, St. Cloud: Best visited when the flowers are in bloom, Munsinger Clemens Gardens is a perfect spot to unplug and take a relaxing stroll.
- Lake George, St. Cloud: Just seconds from Downtown St. Cloud, the lake is a centerpiece to a beautiful walking path that includes fountains, overlooks, benches and even a beach.
- Hester Park, St. Cloud: A unique place to catch both a view of the Mississippi River and a stroll down St. Cloud Granite staircases, Hester Park is small but delivers on charm.
- Sauk Rapids Municipal Park, Sauk Rapids: Spanning the river on the opposite side is the Sauk Rapids Municipal Park, which features slow-strolling trails and access to the well-known photo op underneath the Bridge of Hope.
- River’s Edge Park, Waite Park: The trails through the many sports and family fun features of this park lead to one of the most well known walking/biking trails in the area, the Wobegon Trail.
- Millstream Park, St. Joseph: Nestled along the Watab river, this park has a range of recreational activities as well as wooding walking paths for all ages to enjoy.
- Eagle Park, Rockville: Enjoy a slow wander through the two large loops that this park provides as you enjoy the views of wildflowers, granite outcroppings, and easy access to the Sauk River with a fishing pier.
- Riverside Park, Clearwater: The Mississippi River is within sight at this quaint park, as well as access to biking and walking trails that include a bridge over the Clearwater River as well.