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.


Smooth w/limited interuptions

   July, 2016 by taetaegoalie

Love this trail! Use it to train as it isn't very busy and has a lot of uninterrupted sections to get up to speed and maintain it. read more

Trail Has Been Resurfaced

   June, 2015 by msptrailreview

This trail was resurfaced spring 2015, and it's now an extremely smooth ride - with a low grade, as mentioned by another reviewer. Although Hardwood runs along the highway, it is very scenic, and worth a ride if you're in the area. The Sunrise Prairie ...read more


   September, 2014 by christyl57

the area is beautiful but between this trail and the one north I end up with a headach and sore back by time I am done, it is defintely not meant for a road bike. I normally end up driving down to the Gateway Trail which is much smoother and user friendly.but ...read more