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 WashingtonChisago county line, the Sunrise Prairie Trail
continues north for another 17 miles to North Branch.
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.