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Mahnomen National Recreation Trail, Minnesota

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge hosts this trail through midwestern habitats.

Photos from Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

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Hiking and cross country skiing are the main trail activities on the Refuge

The Mahnomen Trail at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge offers three miles of scenic hiking over moderately level terrain. "Mahnomen" is an Ojibwe word for wild rice which grows abundantly in the nearby 600 acre Rice Lake.

Archeological surveys show that Rice Lake attracted wildlife and ancient people were drawn to this source of plentiful food and clothing as long ago as the Late Woodland period (500 A.D.).


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Wetlands along the trail where wild rice grows


The trail has three loops designed to let the visitor choose their walking distance as they travel through woodland habitat and prairie openings, skirting several wetlands and Rice and Round Lakes.

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


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For a map of the trail, visit the refuge website:
Click on visitor information then scroll down to hiking trail. Click on the link for Mahnomen Trail to open the map.


The National Recreation Trails Program
American Trails
P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 547-2060 Fax: (530) 547-2035


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Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest (photo: Mark Musselman)

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