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Schaar's Bluff Trailhead

The Schaar’s Bluff Trailhead and picnic area provide a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River Valley as well as access to summer hiking and winter ski trails. The large picnic area with shelters can accommodate large group events.

Schaar’s Bluff Trailhead is located near Hastings within Spring Lake Park Reserve. (Map and driving directions)

Picnic shelters and restrooms are handicap accessible.

Playground area closed starting Oct. 17
The payground area will be closed for reconstruction from Oct. 17-28. The reconstruction project will involve new sidewalks and benches. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fees: No entrance fees. Trail use fees for cross-country skiing do apply.

The southern loop of the traditional cross-country ski trail loop located southeast of the Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center is closed due to the Mississippi River Regional Trail construction project. There are barricades and fencing marking the trail closure.

Trail conditions

Trail maps: Summer Winter


  • More than three miles of summer hiking trails
  • More than three miles of ski touring trails
  • Almost two miles of ski skating trails
  • Picnic shelters
  • Children’s playground
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Fire rings (Firewood restrictions)
  • Large picnic area
  • Access to Mississippi River Regional Trail


Dog On-Leash​ Cross-Country Skiing​
Gardening​ Ski Skating
Play Areas
Recreational Bonfire​

Last updated: 9/9/2016 8:21 AM