The Best Trails of the Upper Midwest

Ready to enjoy a breath or two of fresh air after a long winter spent hibernating inside?

Luckily, our StuartCo communities offer many ways to do just that right outside your door.

If you’re itching to enjoy all the greenery around us right now, take a look at our list of and tips for the best hiking, biking, and walking trails near you.

Happy Trails!

Riverview at Upper Landing


Even though you’re in the heart of St. Paul at Riverview at Upper Landing, you’re also just a short distance away from some incredible Minnesota trails.

Big Rivers Regional is a nearly 17-mile trail great for all different kinds of activity. Put your dog on a leash and head out to observe the beautiful wildflowers along the way. This trail is great for all different skill types and is best from April- October, so grab a bike or your walking shoes and go!

Pike Island Loop is a nearly 4-mile trail that has beautiful river views along your walk. This trail is accessible year-round and is great for all types of activities. If you’re an avid bird-watcher, this trail is for you—it’s known for its wildlife, with an abundant amount of birds, deer, and wild turkeys.

The View Apartments at Long Lake


Living at The View can often feel like a permanent vacation, with all its proximity to nature.

With more than three miles of paved trails, Long Lake Regional Park is a great place to take a walk and catch some rays. Don’t worry about packing refreshments on your walk or bike ride, the park’s got you covered with a concessions stand. Other activities include a guarded swimming beach, playground, volleyball courts, and a fishing pier.

You can also set out on the Rice Creek West Regional Trail, which follows Rice Creek from Ramsey County to the Mississippi River. Connecting to county parks, be sure to check out the activities they have to offer, such as canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

York Plaza


Double your outdoor fun at York Plaza, where Centennial Lakes and the Edina Promenade are just steps away. Connecting parks and trails of Edina and providing year-round fun, enjoy everything from interconnected ice skating rinks to trails and walks along the water.

Park Glen Apartments


The place where Uptown energy meets natural serenity—located in St. Louis Park, Park Glen Apartments is next to Bass Lake Preserve, a peaceful, two-mile path. A hidden gem, this secluded trail connects with the greenway leading to Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) and makes for the perfect afternoon stroll through the neighborhood.

Carver Lake Townhomes


If you’re visiting our townhome community in Woodbury, make sure to bring your bike! The Carver Lake Off-Road Cycling Trail is a 5.5-mile paved trail typically open from April-November. It’s perfect for joining the many bikes that cycle through the trails, or for walking your dog and experiencing a bit of nature.

RiverPlace & Washburn on the Park Apartments


Not a resident of the Twin Cities? Not a problem! RiverPlace and Washburn on the Park Apartments in La Crosse, WI offer up a challenging workout just outside their doors, in the form of Rim of the City’s steady incline. Taking a hike here can also be peaceful and relaxing, as it is less frequented—and just wait until you see the view at the top!

Miller Bluff is the city’s most popular hike, as it overlooks the university campus and the golf course, leaving you with breathtaking views. The bluff is a steep hike and once you’ve hit the yellow-orange sandstone, it’s time to climb—so don’t forget your hiking boots!

If hiking isn’t your thing, no worries—the La Crosse River Marsh Trail is nothing but flat, paved trails for over 50 miles. Make sure to keep an eye out for the different wildlife along the way—these trails are known for turtles, owls, geese, beavers, cranes, and muskrats.

NorthPointe Apartments


Located on the other side of Wisconsin in a suburb of Milwaukee, NorthPointe Apartments boasts the proximity of the Brown Deer Recreational Trail, a smooth, tree-lined route that is perfect for riding your bike through the Brown Deer neighborhoods. Ride for miles and miles throughout Wisconsin without ever riding on a road!

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