Trail:  Northern Hennepin Trail Corridor (Three Rivers Park District)

Description:  Newly repaved (as of July 2004) trail corridor linking Elm Creek Park and the Coon Rapids Dam.

Getting There:  There are three major trailheads for the park.  Parking is now free in Three Rivers Park District parks.

Main Elm Creek Park entrance and office: 
This entrance also serves as a trailhead for the Northern Corridor trail
Highway 169 north past I94/694
Turn left on Highway 81
Continue 1.1 mile beyond highway 30 (93rd Ave)
Turn right on Territorial Road and follow signs into park.

Oak Grove Park (Brooklyn Park city park, free)
Take Highway 169 north to 93rd Avenue North. Go east about 1 1/2 miles to Zane Avenue (County Road 14) and turn north. Oak Grove Park is about a mile north and on the left hand side of the road, just past 101st Avenue North.

Coon Rapids Dam
See the Three Rivers Park District directions for directions.  Or, click here for general information on Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Length: 5.6 miles plus 1 mile of trail in Elm Creek Park to get to the trailhead.  There is an additional 2 miles of trail along the east bank of the Mississippi that connect to a path over the Mississippi via the Highway 610 bridge.

Difficulty: Easy to medium - the trail has no significant hills.  There is a high bridge over US 169 plus a few busy roads to cross.

Popularity/Number of other users:  Not very crowded.

Surface conditions: The trail has been recently rebuilt (as of June 2004), though there may be one or two breaks where construction is still in place.

Water: All three trail head facilities have water and permanent bathrooms.

Scenery:  Good - The trees that were planted in the farm fields are starting to get large enough to look good.

Nearby restaurants:
From Oak Grove Park - Rocky Rococo - Great pizza, pathetic beer.  South from the park entrance to Brooklyn Boulevard.  East on Brooklyn Boulevard about a block.  Restaurant is set back slightly on the left.

From Elm Creek Park - Many places on Elm Creek Blvd in Maple Grove
South on 81 to highway 30 (93rd Ave)
Turn right (west) on 30 (continue 1 mile)
Turn left (south) on Elm Creek Blvd
Many places 1-2 miles ahead.

Other nearby trails: On the south side of the park, there is a new trail that follows West River Road south for a few miles, then continues near city streets to connect to Northern Mississippi Regional Park. There are also connections to city and Three Rivers Park District trails in Brooklyn Park.

Comments:  It is a nice skate to get to the dam over the Mississippi and Elm Creek Park.

Link: Three Rivers Park District - North Hennepin Trail Corridor.  


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