Gunnar Carlson

Fort Zachary is Great

We had a wonderful time at the fort. Really a great spot to explore & see an amazing relic of the Civil War. Would recommend everyone check the fort out as well as the beach!

A Great Escape from the City

We’ve been riding the river bottoms since the early 90’s. It’s a very flat, non-technical bit of trail that’s always a nice escape from the city while only 20 minutes from downtown. Pay attention to local trail condition reports since things flood a lot in the spring & weather changes these conditions quite differently from other trails. should have the link to the latest user reports or Facebook.

Fun, but be careful!

Exploring the frozen falls is something we’ve done since we were kids. Please note it is illegal & you could get in trouble for heading out on the ice. Also note it can be quite treacherous getting out there on frozen stone steps & then climbing the ice to get behind the frozen falls but it really is quite amazing & worth the risk, in my opinion.

Enjoyable Hike

We took the dog here for a bit of a walk on a day trip. Easy little hike to the falls on a well maintained & posted trail. The falls themselves were pretty. The chance to play in the lazy water below them on a hot day was nice & our dog loved it.

Great Trails

The Cuyuna trail system is top notch in MN! A great destination trail. We like to camp at True North Basecamp, bike into town & grab beers at the local brewery, eat lunch at Red Raven, dinner at Iron Ranger or Louie’s Bucket of Bones (BBQ) - if we’re not cooking on the campfire. Trails are all accessible to any level & provide some great views while riding. More challenging sections/features are being added all the time. There’s some elevation to get the heart pumping but nothing too extreme. All in all, it’s a perfect spot for beginners and advanced riders alike. In a typical weekend I find time to put in 50 or so miles & get out & paddle in the kayak/hit the beach.

Always Great

We love to spend time in this area riding all the great MTB trails. Sunsets (& sunrises) produce some amazing colors & the pit mine lakes are usually all glass so you can get some amazing reflection photos.