When you live in, or visit, the Twin Cities, you will find busy downtown areas, big business, and an international airport. But mixed in with the modern urban amenities, you will also find lots of great places to experience nature. Since ALTAI™ is headquartered in Oakdale, which is on the eastern side of the Twin Cities, we decided it was a good idea to share some of the great hiking areas that help make our area so special.
Minnehaha Regional Park
Minnehaha Regional Park is one of the oldest parks in Minneapolis. Attracting thousands of visitors every year, the park is well known for its stunning 53-foot waterfall. In addition to its walking path, Minnehaha also features biking, a disc golf course, gardens, and a wading pool. If all of this weren’t enough, the park also features a bar and restaurant, so you can relax after a hike and enjoy nature in a more social setting.
Fort Snelling State Park
This State Park is located near the Historic Fort Snelling and the Twin Cities International Airport. Fort Snelling State park is visited by over 400,000 people every year. The park is a great hiking destination with over 18 miles of trails, as well as options to bike, snowshoe, boat, and fish. We appreciate this park even more because it helps to conserve just under 3,000 acres of nature and wildlife.
Afton State Park
If you wish to venture a little further from the metro area, Afton State Park could be the hiking destination for you. Located about 30 minutes east of the MSP international airport, Afton State Park offers an interesting mix of wildlife habitats, and over 20 miles of hiking trails. The park also offers options to bike, horseback ride, cross-country ski, and sled. You can even camp on the bluffs overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River which serves as the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Mississippi Gorge Regional Park
A wonderful option for anybody looking to hike right in the middle of the Twin Cities. Mississippi Gorge Regional Park takes up about 130 acres of land on the east and west sides of the Mississippi river. Autumn can be the most amazing time of year when the sugar maples and other tress flanking the river turn into their vibrant fall colors.
Swede Hollow Park
Swede Hollow Park is located near the east side of downtown St. Paul and was once a busy immigrant community until the late 1950s. It is now enjoyed by residents as an escape to nature within an urban setting. The park is set in a valley so there is a distinct feeling of a getaway from the noise of city life. The park offers benches, arch bridges, streams, biking, and, of course, hiking trails.
Of course, no hike is complete without the proper footwear, and ALTAI™ provides some of the industry’s best boots for hiking in any climate condition. Our revolutionary SuperFabric® uppers make our boots waterproof, yet breathable, and abrasion-resistant, yet lightweight. Our Vibram outsoles provide maximum comfort, traction, and stability.