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The Cherokee Trail connects two regional parks while providing some of the best views around of the Mighty Mississippi and downtown St. Paul. The wide asphalt trail begins on Plato Boulevard within the popular Harriet Island Regional Park and climbs its way to Cherokee Regional Park on Annapolis Street, with some short on-street/ sidewalk segments. Along the way, users will be treated to teasing glimpses of the river, in certain spots enough to tempt one off their bike and onto a bench for a bit. At the Highland Bridge Overlook, the vista opens up, offering postcard perfect views of the St. Paul skyline rising over the Mississippi River. The sunsets there are beautiful.
At Cherokee Park, families can enjoy picnicking on beautiful days. There's also a tennis and basketball courts, as well as a playspace for the little ones. It's pretty likely that by the time you get to the endpoint at Cherokee Heights Boulevard and Annapolis Street, the only thing you'll want to do is ride the trail again!
Parking is available in the Cherokee Regional Park (700 Cherokee Heights Blvd, St Paul) and also in Harriet Island Park (200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul).
This is shown on some trail maps and signs as the West Side continuation of the Bruce Vento Trail. And…it connects to the upstream end of the Robert Piram Trail at the edge of Harriet Island.
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