Spring is (finally) here, and in Duluth that can only mean one thing: It’s time to get back into the swing of the outdoors. True, we Duluthians often enjoy the winter snows and frozen landscapes, and we have found plenty of creative ways to get out in the snow. From cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, fat tire biking, ice-climbing and more, Duluth winters are nothing short of fun. That said, there’s something even better about the spring and summer months, when the countless miles of trails and parks open back up for an even broader and more enjoyable range of outdoor recreation. Plus, it’s just nice to say goodbye to the deep freeze for a little while. Book your room at our luxury Duluth Bed and Breakfast, and start planning the ways in which you’ll enjoy spring up north.
Spring in Duluth’s Parks
Duluth has plenty of parks and trails to enjoy. In fact, these parks and trails are a big part of why Duluth was crowned “The Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine. In total, Duluth has over 100 parks, all totaling 11,000 acres of green space to enjoy! To get us in the spirit of Spring, here is a list of our favorite parks to explore in and around the Duluth area:
- The Lakewalk. Ok, it’s not technically a park, but it is an incredible and popular feature of Duluth’s waterfront. This beautiful 7.3 mile pathway meanders along the shore of Lake Superior, fronting the Duluth downtown area, and offering exceptional views of the harbor.
- Chester Park, home of the popular Chester Bowl, is a great place for year-round recreation. Chester Park also hosts a popular annual outdoor music series during the summer.
- Congdon Park along Tischer Creek is a beautiful place known for its rugged beauty and dramatic waterfalls.
- Enger Park, home to the popular Enger Tower, offers stunning panoramic views of Duluth. It’s a very romantic spot, and has been noted as an excellent place for a kiss in Duluth! There are also some beautiful gardens and wonderful trails within the park.
- Hartley Park is a popular park for mountain bikers. There are over 10 miles of trails here, in addition to the scenic Hartley Pond, which is a great place for canoers to fish or explore.
- Hawk Ridge is an extraordinary place for birdwatching, and it is well known for its migrating populations of hawks, owls and other birds. There are also many miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, along with breathtaking views of Lake Superior.
- Lester Park is also a popular destination for hiking and mountain biking. There are 9+ miles of trails between Amity Creek and Lester River.
- Park Point is extremely popular during the summer months, as it is a great place for for swimming and recreation.
- Skyline Parkway is a special treasure in the city of Duluth. It travels the length of the city, showing off the magnificent of the North Shore every step of the way. There are plenty of parks, trails, and access points along the way to enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and more.
- Jay Cooke State Park is a must-visit destination for anyone who likes to be outdoors. Here, you’ll find trails that connect up to the Willard Munger State Trail; perfect for backpackers, bikers (both mountain and tour), hikers, horseback riders, and skiers. Other popular features of this park are the swinging suspension bridge high above the raging St. Louis River, and the gorge at Thomson Dam.
No two parks are the same, and each is worthy of exploration in their own right. Book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast this spring. While you’re here, be sure to tell us your favorite park.