There are an incredible number of Duluth hiking trails worth exploring this spring, summer, and even into fall. Not only will these hiking trails reward you with their natural beauty and exceptional viewpoints, but many Duluth hiking trails also happen to be a great way to experience the best of Duluth while social distancing. From great hikes like Ely’s Peak to simple excursions like the Duluth Lakewalk, there’s plenty here for everyone.
We’ve all been facing many long weeks of isolation from our friends and family. We think it’s an important part of your mental health and wellbeing to give yourself things to look forward to; some light at the end of this dark tunnel, so to speak. Planning a getaway to our luxurious Bed and Breakfast in Duluth is just the thing you’re looking for. We’ll welcome you with warmth, offer you delicious breakfasts in the morning (in-room delivery is available!), and help you experience the very best of Duluth.
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10 Duluth Hiking Trails Worth Your Time
We absolutely love hiking in Duluth, and we frequently get asked by guests which trails are our favorites. There really are so many to choose from, which can make answering that question somewhat difficult. However, there are definitely a few “must-see” Duluth hiking trails that have reached iconic status from locals and visitors alike.
We think social distancing is going to be a part of our daily lives, at least in the near term. Fortunately, one of the best ways to practice nature social distancing is to spend time outdoors; something the Duluth area has in spades. If you’re looking for new places to explore, then here are 10 of our favorite Duluth hiking trails. These are definitely worth your time!
- Duluth’s Skyline Parkway is one of the best ways to gain perspective on the city of Duluth and is the trail that connects all the others. It traverses Duluth from one end to the other, offering you exceptional views of Lake Superior, the St. Louis River, and Duluth along the way. There’s a great virtual tour of the trail here.
- The Magney Snively Trailhead, which gives hikers access to the Magney-Snively Natural Area, is a beautiful place to explore. The park encompasses 1,800 acres and a variety of habitats, including wetlands, uplands, and rocky outcrops. Make sure you find your way up to the rocky top of Bardon’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views of Duluth.
- We might be a little biased about this one because it’s right in our neighborhood in Duluth, but the hiking trails at Congdon Park are some of the most beautiful Duluth hiking trails around. As you make your way around the park, enjoy the beautiful bridges and waterfalls.
- The Duluth Lakewalk is one of the most popular walking trails in Duluth. It winds along the shores of Lake Superior, starting in Canal Park, for 7.5 miles, eventually ending at Brighton Beach.
- If you want to enjoy a combination of beach and forest, then head to the Park Point Trailhead. It can be deceptively challenging, though, as much of the trail takes you through the sand. As you go, you’ll enjoy interesting views of the harbor, what’s left of the old-growth forest and settlers cabins, and the original lighthouse and entry into Duluth’s harbor.
- Hiking up to Ely’s Peak really should be something you do at least once. The views from the top are breathtaking, especially at sunset. It’s also one of our favorite hikes to take in the fall.
- Duluth’s Lester Park is popular not just for mountain bikers, but hikers as well. The trails here also connect to those in Amity Park, which can further connect to other trails in the area, like the Skyline Parkway and the Superior Hiking Trail. This interconnectivity of Duluth hiking trails is one of the best parts of this area. You can go for miles completely uninterrupted.
- If you’re looking for a quick escape into nature while still in the city, the Chester Creek Hiking Trail is for you. The trail runs along both sides of the creek and makes for a wonderful outing in the city.
- It’s hard to talk about hiking in Duluth without mentioning Jay Cooke State Park. There are more than 50 trails in the park that travel along the river and the surrounding woods.
- The trails at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory are beautiful, and especially great to visit in early fall during the raptor migration. Particularly popular trails in the area are Ole’s Trail and the Observatory Trail, which also happens to be a great place to watch the sunset.
Unwind at Our Historic Duluth Inn
Whether you enjoy the challenge of longer day hikes or simple walks through nature, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Duluth. As we all ease back into our daily lives, make sure to plan in a little “you” time. There’s nowhere better for that than our luxury Duluth Bed and Breakfast.
We offer 7 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, fine amenities that you’d expect to find at high-end hotels, daily breakfasts served fresh from our kitchen every morning, beautiful property to relax and unwind on, and the finest example of “Minnesota Nice” hospitality around. As soon as it’s safe to do so, our doors will be open and we’ll be ready for you. Plan some adventure this summer, and book a room at our historic Inn.