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The Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park Trails form a number of loops and opportunities for different trips around Vadnais Heights, a Minneapolis suburb. One starting point for these trails is at the northern endpoint of the Snail Lake Trail along HWY 96, where the trail winds its way south through scenic tracts of forests and wetlands alongside the namesake Snail Lake. This northern trail heads south for 0.9 miles and connects with the southern loop, which totals 1.4 miles as it loops around Hanska Lake and wetlands. The surroundings of the trail are largely undeveloped, which is a nice respite from the surrounding suburbs landscape.
This section of the trail also connects to the Snail Lake Beach, a picturesque swimming spot with additional access to a boat launch, picnic area, volleyball court, and parking. A number of trails also run through the namesake Snail Lake Regional Park.
From the Snail Lake Regional Park, trail users have a number of options, for there are sections of trail that wind through open forests and grasslands areas south towards Grass Lake, where the trail travels along the eastern shore of the lake until reaching its end at Voyageur Highway.
Trail Users can also head east on Gramsie Rd. and then County Rd. E and then south trails that traverse either side of Vadnais Lake. There are also two trails north of County Rd. E that trail along either side of Sucker Lake before reaching a northern terminus along Hgwy 96 W.
For a better idea of what routes are available, check out the TrailLink Map.
There is designated parking for this trail at the Snail Lake Beach, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd.
See TrailLink Map for more detailed information.
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