Want to hike the oldest trail in Minneapolis? Just off of West River Parkway you will find the Winchell Trail. This trail is unknown to many city residents keeping it fairly low key and secluded. Formerly, the Winchell trail was an Indian trail making it the oldest hiking path in Minneapolis.
The mostly unpaved path winds up and down the gorge along the Mississippi River. At times, it meets up with the sidewalk on the parkway and other time it dips down to the river. Frequently, there will be multiple trails to choose from. You will not go wrong with any of them.
Hike the Oldest Trail: Location
Trek along the Mississippi river gorge on this 5 mile out and back hike. It has approximately 500 feet of elevation gain. It starts near the Franklin Ave bridge and ends close to Minnehaha Park (44th Ave).
It has a few other entrances in between, along the Parkway. If you spy a long staircase, it’s likely going down to this pathway. Some of the entrances are even disguised as a regular sidewalk on the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.
Bicycles are not permitted along the Winchell Trail, but many of the entrances have a rack to lock up your bike. Then, take the trek to hike the oldest trail in Minneapolis.
This path is considered a moderate hike in the middle of the city. So put on your hiking shoes and explore this urban nature immersion.