Blue Hill Hiking Trail

Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Length: 5.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, In Sherburne NWR, NW of Zimmerman, W of US 169.
States: Minnesota
Counties: Sherburne
Latitude: 45.49472   Longitude: -93.71284

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The Blue Hill Trail at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge offers five miles of scenic hiking over moderately level terrain. Blue Hill, the highest point on the refuge, rises about 90 feet above the surrounding area. This hill of sand, rocks and gravel is surrounded by flat to rolling sandy terrain and wetlands formed by glacial meltwater 12,000 years ago.

The oak woodland along the trail is part of the oak savanna where scattered bur oak, red oak, and American hazelnut are interspersed with prairie openings and wetlands. The oak savanna is being restored through the use of prescribed burning.

The trail has three loops designed to let the visitor choose their walking distance as they travel through woodland habitat and prairie openings, skirting Buck Lake and several seasonal wetlands. An observation deck with spotting scope provides an excellent view of Buck Lake.

For more information on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge call. (763) 389-3323. The refuge is located east of St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 1,000
Elevation High Point: 1,090
Year Designated: 1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFWS - Sherburne Refuge

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Anne Sittauer
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
17076 293rd Ave.
Zimmerman , MN 55398
(763) 389-3323

Information Contact:
Nancy Haugen
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Sherburne NWR 17076 293rd Ave
Zimmerman , MN 55398
(763) 389-3323 ext. 13



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