Hardwood Creek Regional Trail

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The Hardwood Creek Regional Trail is actually two parallel trails running along US 61 in rural Washington County, Minnesota. The paved trail is open for biking, walking, running and inline skating, while the adjacent grass trail is for equestrian use in the summer and snowmobile use in the winter.

The entirety of the trail is located on an abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad corridor, which means there are no steep climbs. Begin your journey in Hugo, a bedroom community featuring many shops and restaurants. The views quickly change to open fields as you leave residential areas. A number of other places of business can be found in downtown Forest Lake, located just south of the trail's northern endpoint.

At the Washington–Chisago county line, the Sunrise Prairie Trail continues north for another 17 miles to North Branch.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Hardwood Creek Regional Trail can be found at the intersection of 146th Street N. and US 61 in Hugo or at the Washington County Headwaters Service and Transit Center located at Headwaters Parkway and US 61 near the trail's midpoint. In Forest Lake, park north of City Hall at US 61 and Broadway Avenue.

Reviews

Very Easy, Straight Ride

   June, 2014 by shoreviewswede

This is a very easy, safe, comfortable ride. No hills. No bends. If you are heading north from the cities, this and the adjoining Sunrise Prairie trails are definitely the best, most efficient way out of town! If you want an easy, safe trail to ride ...read more

Hardwood Creek

   September, 2013 by gswigart

Aug. 2013 My wife and I rode this trail along with the connecting Sunrise Trail this summer. This trail has minimal grade change so is an easy ride. There are numerous cracks across the pavement which made for a bumpy ride. Trail runs between I-35 and ...read more