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NCT: MN Segment 1 - Northwest Minnesota

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Length

85.4 Miles 137.5 Kilometers


Elevation

2,382' 726 m

Ascent

-1,918' -585 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

1,524' 465 m

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921' 281 m

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Hike across western Minnesota's tallgrass prairie region, through rolling forested hills, and by numerous lakes.

Matthew Davis

Overview

Off-road segments of the NCT are closed during deer rifle hunting season. Learn more atdnr.state.mn.us/hunting.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Spring — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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This section of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) crosses the Red River Valley, loops around through Fergus Falls, and then heads north through the scenic Leaf Hills. Two biomes come together here with the Tallgrass Prairie (mostly converted to agriculture) and the Hardwood Hills mixing. North of Fergus Falls, the NCT follows the glacial moraine - an area of rolling gravel hills interspersed with hundreds of lakes.

Off-road segments include:

* At the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, within Delagoon Park, along the Central Lakes Trail, within One Mile Prairie, and along the Otter Tail River within Fergus Falls
* Within Maplewood State Park

All the rest of this section is roadwalk. Learn more at facebook.com/groups/mwp.nct/.

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