Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great trails surround Voyageurs National Pk.

Tilson Bay Trail
Several million acres of forest and public land surround Voyageurs National Park. All boast a number of great hikes that pass fascinating rock formations, head to little seen waterfalls, and offer inspiring trailside vistas.

Most of these trails can be found in one of three regions: the International Falls area, east of the city as heading to the national park's Rainy Lake Visitor Center; Kabetogama State Forest, which sits south of the park’s Kabetogama and Ash River visitor centers; and Superior National Forest, which includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to the park’s west.

In the International Falls area, a bicycle path runs from the city to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Along the way, the Tilson Bay Trail and the Tilson Creek Ski Trails in the Koochiching State Forest allow you to clamber over ancient rocks as heading through lush woodlands.

The Kabetogama State Forest offers a variety of trails and forest roads that can be hiked. The best sight to see is the Ash River Waterfalls Trail, which leads to a little-known three-story waterfall.

Superior National Forest offers two particularly scenic trails near Voyageurs. The Vermilion Falls Trail heads to a 25-foot waterfalls while the Vermilion Gorge Trail overlooks a narrowing of the Vermilion River.

Learn more about the park’s day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at Voyageurs National Park guidebook.