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.
2019 Best Hike in the Twin Cities
City Pages named Schaar's Bluff the best hike in the Twin Cities. Find out more.
Construction of County Road 42 affecting access to park
County Road 42 east of Idell Avenue is closed for road reconstruction. To access Spring Lake Park Reserve, take Highway 55 to County Road 42 and turn left on Idell Avenue.
Hours: Daily, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fees: No entrance fees. Trail use fees for cross-country skiing do apply.
Trail maps: Summer Winter
- More than three miles of summer hiking trails
- More than three miles of ski touring trails
- Almost two miles of skate skiing trails
- Picnic shelters
- Children’s playground
- Sand volleyball court
- Fire rings (Firewood restrictions)
- Large picnic area
- Access to Mississippi River Trail