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Beginning at the southern tip of the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve in Hanover, the Lake Independence Regional Trail spends most of its 15.9-mile span paralleling County Road 19, cutting a straight path through acres of open farmland. As the trail progresses southward, it snakes between Lake Independence and Lake Katrina Lake, skirting around the Baker Park Reserve. This leg alone makes the journey worth it. Be sure to take in the spectacular views of the water, the marshes and the wooded foothills. The loop terminates at 6th Avenue N., before the trail turns right sharply along Old Crystal Bay Road. The Lake Independence Trail ultimately connects to the Luce Line State Trail in Orono, west of Minneapolis.
Parking is available at the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve (12595 Park Dr., Hanover); the trail begins at the southern end of the park at 109th Avenue N. You might also choose to connect to the trail by starting at the Baker Park Reserve (2309 Baker Park Road, Maple Plain), where the scenery is richest. Use the recreation area entrance on County Road 19 (here, it's known as Baker Park Road) to access parking. Once you’ve parked, you’ll have to cross CR 19 to access the trail.
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