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Fun Things to Do In the Park

Hartley Park is known as a true natural playground here in Duluth with a multitude of recreational opportunities right in the middle of the city. Here are just a few of them:

Take a Hike - Hartley has more than 10 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy walking paths to fairly rigorous backpacking style trail. While there is no camping allowed in the park, many folks like to pack lunch and head out for the day. Ask us about some of the staff's favorite hikes.

Go Fishing - A river does run through it, and we've got a pretty cool pond too. Hartley Pond has native populations of pumpkinseed sunfish, largemouth bass, suckers, perch, and bullheads. So cast a line and see what you pull in.

Ride Your Bike - Many of our hiking trails west and north of Old Hartley Road are open for mountain biking too, but most challenge-seeking bikers head to the northwest corner of the park for some serious singletrack. Area bike clubs help us keep the trails and boardwalks in good condition. Please stop in for a park map, as bikes are prohibited from using the ski trails. Also please refrain from using the trails in very wet conditions.

Ski The Trails - The city grooms and maintains 5 kilometers of classic-only trails in Hartley Park. They vary from easy glides to screaming hills, so check the trail map before you head out. We also rent cross country ski equipment for first timers or those who don't have their own with them. You must have a Great Minnesota Ski Pass to ski the Hartley trails, or any other city maintained trails. Passes are not available for purchase at Hartley Nature Center.

Check Out Our Exhibits - The main exhibit hall in the Hartley building always has something new and cool to see. From our celebrity turtles to park history to Green building facts to traveling exhibits, you should have no trouble finding something to interest almost anyone. We also have park maps and other information and bathrooms and a friendly staff to answer your questions.

Snowshoe Like An Explorer - Winter is awesome in the park, and there is no better way to find that out than by piloting a pair of snowshoes. Go places no human can get to any other time of year. We can suggest a great hike, and have snowshoes for you to rent if you don't have your own.

Canoe on Hartley Pond - Get a close up look of the beaver lodge and beaver dam at the back end of Hartley Pond or just paddle around with friends and family.

Find A Bird - Hartley Park is one of the hotspots on the Duluth Audubon Society's official birding map, and a favorite among those in the birding know. We have deep forests, open fields, and high vistas to view birds of every stripe. Bring your binoculars and a field guide and have a great day. Also watch the event calendar for our special public birding programs where you will get a chance to see live bird banding up close.

There are many other things to occupy the curious mind here in the park. Contact us at 724-6735 for more ideas or if you have any questions.

Hartley Nature Center

3001 Woodland Ave
Duluth, MN 55803


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