Natural Surface Trails
Check our online trails map for more details on trail locations
Trails typically take 24-hours after a rainfall event to reopen.
Trails should not be used during wet weather or when trails are soft/muddy. If leaving footprints or tire-ruts, please turn around.
Trails Conditions (open/close status)
We appreciate your patience in allowing trails to dry before use. When trails are closed because of construction, maintenance, events, or weather we ask that you obey any closure signs and detours. These closures are in place for your safety and for the protection of our trails. Open/Close determinations are made in cooperation between City staff and volunteers from community non-profit organizations. These staff, in addition to volunteers from DAHTA, SHTA, and COGGS, have completed training/certification in trail design, construction, and maintenance best practices. Each organization has designated Trail Stewards to help evaluate and determine current trail conditions.
Winter Trail Use
During the winter, if single track trail is freshly groomed after snowfall, the best practice is to wait until the surface has hardened or setup prior to usage. This prevents deep foot prints and rutting on the trail surface. In hard-packed snow conditions, the best practice is to only use the trail if you are not breaking through.
Duluth has many miles of natural surface trails for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. During annual freeze/thaw cycles in the Spring/Fall, our trails are especially susceptible to damage due to wet conditions. Footprints and tire ruts on wet trails can cause significant damage, while increasing trail maintenance costs. Natural surface trails are closed each Spring/Fall until they are dry enough, or frozen enough, for use without damage. During these periods the paved or hard surface trails are a good recreation option.
Check the Duluth Parks and Recreation Natural Surface Trails page often for updates regarding natural surface trail conditions and closures
To make the trail experience enjoyable for all users, here are some trail etiquette suggestions:
- Have fun and share the trail!
- Show courtesy to other trail users. A smile, a nod and a “hello” goes a long way.
- Don’t block the trail. Move to the side of the trail when taking a break.
- Use the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated. Pass carefully on the left, and give an audible warning when you’re about to pass.
- Always use safe speeds.
- Respect wildlife.
- Travel on open trails only. Respect all trail and road closures and don’t trespass on private land.
- Stay off wet and muddy trails. Do not leave footprints or tire ruts.
- Use low tire pressure (as low as 2-4psi) during soft snow conditions.
- Stay off freshly groomed trails during the winter until they set up or harden.
- Don’t "post hole" or leave tire ruts.
- Stay on existing trails. Don’t cut switchbacks and avoid walking on the sides of trails which negatively impacts vegetation along the trail and causes trail widening and braiding.
- Leave no trace.
- Be a responsible dog owner. Dogs must be on leashes except in designated dog parks. Please clean up after your pets.
- Don’t allow your dog to trip or jump on other trail users.
- Pack it in, pack it out. Always pick up your (and others) trash. Don’t litter.
- No campfires.
- Leave what you find: rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them.
- Plan ahead and prepare.
- Know your route.
- Check trail conditions and closures before you head out.
- Bring appropriate gear and attire for the weather and duration of your outing.
- Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
- Get involved!
- Many of Duluth’s trails are cared for by nonprofit partner groups and volunteers.
- Head to the Trail Partners page to find ways to volunteer and donate what you can.