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Hiking Spots Around Mankato

Lynsey Barger, PA-C | Medical Provider
/ July 3, 2023
Minneopa Falls, Mankato, USA

With summer in full swing, we have the perfect opportunity to embrace the great outdoors and engage in physical activity through hiking. To help kickstart your next adventure, here are some hiking spots around the Mankato area. Click on the links below for more information.

1. Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail spans 39 miles, connecting Mankato to Faribault. It meanders through diverse landscapes encompassing farmland, lakes, wetlands, and woods. This blacktop trail offers a generally level terrain, making it ideal for both biking and hiking enthusiasts. The best part? There’s no cost to utilize this trail for bikers, hikers, and even rollerbladers. Just remember, if you plan to park in a state park, a vehicle permit is required. Click here for a link to a map of the trail and more information. 

2. Minneopa State Park

Minneopa State Park offers a multitude of diverse trails for you to explore. You have the option to embark on a hike to the captivating Waterfalls area, known for its magnificent double waterfall. Alternatively, you can stroll along the picturesque Minnesota River Bluff Trail and enjoy breathtaking views of the meandering river. It’s important to note that a vehicle permit is required for parking within this state park. Click here for a link to a map of the park and more information. 

3. Red Jacket Trail

Spanning 6.3 miles from Mankato to Rapidan, the Red Jacket Trail offers a scenic route. It begins as a branch from the North Minnesota River Trail in Mankato and seamlessly connects to the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. The trail surface is a combination of asphalt and crushed stone, ensuring a comfortable experience. To access the map through TrailLink and gain valuable insights about nearby trails, simply register a free account, granting you access to a wealth of information.

Tips for Hiking Around Mankato

Before embarking on the hiking trails, ensure that you are physically capable of doing so. It’s essential to come prepared with appropriate clothing, along with necessary supplies such as sunscreen, water, snacks, bug spray, trail maps, and maps of the surrounding area. Additionally, carrying a phone is advisable for emergency purposes, but be mindful not to let it detract from the natural beauty of the outdoors. Also, refrain from excessive phone use to remain aware of others on the trail, as it may be shared with bikers, rollerbladers, and more. Staying hydrated by carrying an ample water supply and applying sunscreen are crucial for a safe hiking experience. So, make the most of this summer by delighting in the wonders of the great outdoors!

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