Back To Nature - Minnesota Hiking Trails


Minnesota Hiking Trails
Opportunities the 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.

Panaramic view of resort.