Minnesota Hiking Trails
entire family will enjoy
How wild do you want to get? By foot, bike, boat
or car a venture into the beautiful wilderness starts at Scott's
Peaceful Valley. Within minutes you are back to nature. We have listed
some of the options available. However, there are many more that we
assist you with in matching your nature travel desires with that which
is available. Just think of the delight you can have enjoying the
variety of animal and bird species in the Crane Lake area.
CRANE LAKE GORGE TRAIL: This popular Forrest Service
hiking trail is for everyone. It is well maintained and affords one
the opportunity to get into nature in a safe setting. Beginning next
to our resort, this developed 11/2 mile trail goes through forests,
wetlands and at times lakeside. There are interpretative signs about
the history of the area, scenic overlooks, and benches for resting.
Enjoy the birds, deer, and sounds of the forest. The end of the trail
is at the scenic Crane Lake gorge with rapids flowing through granite
walls. A must see destination. For individuals who do not desire to
walk the trail there is a Forrest Service dock at the base pool of the
gorge that is accessible by boat.
VERMILION FALLS: The Vermilion Falls gets you up close and
personal to a most picturesque water falls. There is a well
maintained wheelchair accessible boardwalk of approximately 60 yards
from where you park your car to a wooden platform at the falls. The
rushing water down the sluice is truly breath taking for the young
and old. You get to the falls by car, traveling approximately 6
miles from the resort down a gravel forestry road to the Vermilion
River. There is a parking area available
with toilet facilities and picnic tables on site.
HARRIMAN TRAIL: This is truly a
hikers trail. This Minnesota hiking trail has over 20 miles of
interconnecting routes that traverse forest ridges and multiple
remote lakes. Hikers often spend the day hiking the trail with their
lunch and camera enjoying the tranquility and beauty of the
wilderness. One option that some folks do is go by boat to Little
Vermilion Lake and hike back to the road. This hike is around 5
miles. The trailhead for the Harriman trail is about a 3 mile drive
from the resort.
Scott's Peaceful Valley is your destination stop
for experiencing a unique nature adventure within a National
treasure. Voyageurs National Park is the only water based national
park in the United States. The water access provides unlimited
opportunity for exploring and adventure trips. There are miles of
portage trails to land locked lakes, hundreds of uninhabited
islands, and remote shorelines to explore and site see. There are
more than 200 species of birds within the area. Eagles soaring
overhead or nesting in the majestic white pines are a common sight.
The Minnesota state bird is the Loon. There are numerous loons in
the area. Their beauty and unique calls are the real sounds of
silence. Watching the shore lines for deer, bear, and other wild
game provide a unique array of wildlife that the area is known for.