Hiking Trails in Minnesota
Hiking in the central Minnesota lakes area is endless. We are located in a pristine forested area. Pine Terrace Resort alone has 37 acres that connects to county land giving our guests access to variety maintained trails. This is such a wonderful experience for young and old to have at their fingertips. With onsite hiking you will not have to leave Pine Terrace to have a complete north woods experience.
Located only 1 ½ mile from our resort is the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area. In the heart of the lakes country, this 110-acre tract of gently rolling woods and wetlands offers not only the opportunity to view wildlife, but shows how you can attract wildlife to your property. As Minnesota’s first “Landscaping for Wildlife” Demonstration Area, this approach of habitat management consists of creating specific plant communities in combination with the use of feeders, nest boxes, dust beds, brush and rock piles and snags to entice animals.
Veteran’s Walking Trail is another place to explore, located only 10 minutes from Pine Terrace Resort on The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. There is an interpretive panel at the trailhead that tells the story of the disastrous 1958 fire that burned nearly 800 acres of timber. As you walk along the trails you will see new forest growth as you meander through the pines and hardwoods.
Stroll the wetland walkway and read about the flora and fauna. You can enjoy the scenic view of Hay Creek from the pedestrian bridge that takes visitors across. Volunteers installed a 500-foot wetlands walk at the end of Ridge Path. That wetlands walk ended at an island. Volunteers have also cleared a walking loop so hikers and walkers can take the approximately ¼ mile “Island Loop” around the perimeter of the island. The south end of the loop passes by the edge of the shrub swamp, then turns to higher ground on the Hay Creek side. A resting bench is located at the top of the overlook.