No matter the time of year, there is so much to experience in the outdoors of southwest Minnesota! The Marshall area features beautiful scenery, incredible wildlife, and tons of fun for everyone. Whether you're an avid hiker or cyclist, a weekend warrior, or simply want to enjoy the fresh air, Marshall has many gorgeous trails to suit your interests.
Here are our top spots to hike, bike, stroll & roll in Marshall.
Best Spots for Wildlife Enthusiasts Near Marshall
ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area
The ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area is a 40-acre area at the edge of the SMSU campus that offers plenty of opportunities for day hikes and nature tours. Both amateur and professional wildlife watchers can observe deer, muskrats, waterfowl, and other animals. In the winter, cross-country skiing lets you truly appreciate this preserve's gorgeous landscape.
Camden State Park
Love birds? You'll love Camden State Park. Check into the park office to grab your binoculars and bird checklist. How many species will you spot? With more than 15 miles of groomed trails, you'll easily spend hours on your birdwatching journey.
Best Spots for Photographers Near Marshall, MN
Dakota Valley Trail at Camden State Park
This moderate 2.4-mile hike takes you on a spectacular journey of Camden State Park's diverse ecosystems alongside the Redwood River. It slowly climbs from marshy brush through the native prairie and eventually into ancient oak forests. Beautiful hiking paths wind beneath the canopy as you trek to the valley overlook.
After your journey, enjoy a relaxing tube float down the River or take a dip in the lake. Head into nearby Marshall to soak up some visual culture in the local theatre, art galleries, and music venues.
Observation Platform, ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area
There is plenty of flora and fauna to enjoy in the Environmental Learning Area. For epic photo opportunities, head to the observation platform located just off Mustang Trail behind Mattke Field. The waterfront view is a dream come true for nature photographers.
Once you've run out of space on your memory card, head into Marshall for a craft beer at Brau Brothers Brewery or a relaxing stroll through our historic town.
Best Spots for Cyclists and Athletes Near Marshall
Camden Regional Bike Trail
With more than 34 miles of paved bike paths, this trail is perfect for day riders. Short, family-friendly trips are also possible as the Camden Regional Bike Trail has multiple outlets. It begins at the Red Baron Arena & Expo, then travels through Marshall’s park systems and out to Camden State Park.
There, you can enjoy a little over a mile of smooth riding through nature, or take your bike off-road on 4.25 miles of rake-and-ride singletrack. Spend a couple of hours on the trail or make a day of it. Either way, the Marshall area's stunning scenery and wildlife won't disappoint!
Redwood River State Water Trail
Prefer to "hike" via boat? Kayak or canoe the Redwood River and discover the watery wonders of local wildlife. The easiest stretch to paddle runs from
Marshall to Lake Redwood. With multiple campgrounds and access points along the way, you can plan a beautiful paddlecraft tour of the area.