Tucked into the campus of UMD, Bagley Nature Area has 55 acres of hardwood forest, pond, and open area for kids to explore. Here are the top 3 reasons to take your family there.
1. The Trails: The two main loop hikes are easy to navigate, well-maintained, and short at just under 1 mile each, making them manageable for little tykes. Along the path in August are native (and edible) thimbleberry shrubs with velvety leaves and ripe red fruits. Yum.
2. Rock Hill Observation Point: At the top of the short uphill hike is an outlook deck with a rewarding view spanning the UMD campus and Lake Superior.
3. Rock Pond: Home to friendly ducks, sunning turtles, croaking frogs, and elusive minnows and tadpoles.
Parking is free during the summer and metered during the school year.
Have you explored Bagley Nature Area? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!