3 Best Hikes in Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park Overview

Voyageurs National Park is located in northern Minnesota just south of the Canadian border. Visitors at this park get around via boat more often than their car and most trails are waterways. However, I have listed some of my recommended hiking trails below to explore in between your fishing and paddling experiences. Below you will find the 3 best hikes in Voyageurs National Park!

Nearest Metro AreaDuluth, MN
Area Size218,055 acres
EstablishedApril 8, 1975
Hiking Trails57 miles

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Trailhead Traveler’s Recommended Best Hikes in Voyageurs National Park

1. Cruiser Lake Trail

This trail system crosses the Kabetogama Peninsula (north to south) which makes up a majority of the park. You’ll pass some beautiful inland lakes. Most visitors to the park are on the water so you’ll have the trail to yourself with a good chance of seeing a moose or deer. The trailhead is only accessible by boat and hikers can start either on the Kebetogama  or Rainy Lake side.

  • 9.5 miles – one way
  • 200′ gain
  • Moderate
Minnesota Voyageurs National Park Cruiser Lake
2. Oberholtzer Trail 

This trail passes 2 overlooks through forests and wetlands and the first 1/4 miles in wheelchair accessible. The trailhead is located next to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. This trail is accessible by car.

  • 1.7 miles – Out and back
  • No elevation gain
  • Easy
Oberholtzer Trail. Photo by Mike Oswald
3. Black Bay Beaver Pond

Fun hike through northern pine country to an active beaver pond. The trailhead is only accessible by boat and is located across Black Bay from the Rainy Visitor Center.

  • 1.2 miles
  • No elevation gain
  • Easy
Beaver Pond
Beaver Pond. Photo by J. Stephen Conn

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Featured Image: Voyageurs National Park. Photo by Christine Warner

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