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Does your idea of a good time involve lacing up the old hiking boots and grabbing the walking stick? Whether you're
looking for a quick outing during your lunch break or a four-day trek, you're sure to find a trail in our County that
you'll want to explore.
These trails are maintained by various public agencies and private volunteer groups. Please use the contact information
provided for answers to any questions you may have.
For more details, see the links below...
The Fish Hatchery Recreation Trail is a 1.1 mile paved recreation trail that follows the Pelican River from the western shores of Detroit Lake to Lake Sallie at Dunton Locks County Park.
The Richwood Road Recreation Trail parallels Co. Hwy. 21 to North Tower Road. This 1 mile paved trail provides walkers and bikers in the northern areas of Detroit Lakes quick access to the heart of the city.
The Lakeside Recreation Trail offers a magnificent view of Big Detroit Lake which includes a local historical marker. The paved 1.25 mile recreation trail runs from North Shore Drive to East Shore Drive along the frontage road and US Hwy 10.
Sucker Creek Preserve is a 64-acre northern hardwood preserve near the city of Detroit Lakes. The 1/2 mile paved trail leads to a 110 seat amphitheater.
For the nature lover, Dunton Locks has 3.8 miles of natural surface hiking/mountain biking/cross
country ski trails located on the hills above the Eagles Picnic Shelter and along the shores between Lake Sallie and
Muskrat Lake, south of the bridge. The northern trails wind through hardwood forested hills once a gathering spot for
the Sioux Indians. Remnants of Indian burial mounds are still present throughout the park. In fact, much of the park
area was a gathering area for netting tulabies, camping, and trading. The southern trails also wind through rolling,
wooded terrain, however much of the trails are located on private land owned by the Soo Pass Ranch. This land is used
for camping during the several music festivals the Soo Pass Ranch holds each year.
The 3 miles of natural surface trails at Mountain View Recreation Area wind their way through a
mature, mixed hardwood forest. The trails are wide and offer several different loop options. Be aware that these
trails are used for horseback riding as well as hiking in the summer months, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Separate single-track mountain bike/snowshoe trails are also being developed within the recreation area and will
cross the hiking/equestrian/x-c skiing trails at various locations. Parking for 10-15 vehicles is located along
Spanning seven states and over 4,600 miles (60 miles within Becker County), the North Country Hiking Trail is the
longest hiking path in the United States. Take a day, take a weekend, spend the summer, or hike the entire route. The
path between North Dakota and New York is right out your back door.