Hiking the North Country Trail, Walker, Minnesota

(Last Updated On: May 6, 2019)

The North Country National Scenic Trail winds through northern Minnesota near the city of Walker.Our friends have hiked various sections of the trail in this area previously and want to take a short, maybe half-mile, hike that passes a meadow and small wetland. It sounds lovely, so we head into the woods.

It’s quiet and beautiful and will be even more so in a few weeks when the poplar, birch and maple start to put on their fall colors.


After a mile or more we reach the meadow.

The wetland lies just a short distance farther down the trail.

It was a lot more than a half-mile hike, but it was lovely.

There is trail head (with parking) for the North Country Trail at Lake Erin where the trail crosses state highway 371. From the parking lot, follow the trail to the right past the lake. (Watch for poison ivy as you enter the woods.) We probably walked a couple of miles to get to the meadow and wetland featured here. This section should be stunningly beautiful in spring when the flowers are blooming and again in fall when the leaves are turning.

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