There’s a Map for That!


It’s no surprise that Duluth is known as one of the nation’s best outdoors towns.  Take these stats:

  • 11,000 acres of green space
  • 6,834 acres of city parkland
  • 1000 x 100 feet of cliff for ice climbing
  • 150 miles of hiking trails
  • 129 parks
  • 85 miles of biking trails
  • 33 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail
  • 30 miles of cross-country ski trails
  • 16 designated trout streams
  • 12 miles of paved, accessible trails
  • 7 miles of sand beach
  • 2 alpine ski hills (plus 1 next door in Superior, WI)
  • 1 Great Lake…for surfing, swimming, kayaking, sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, rock throwing, agate hunting, birding, snorkeling, meditating, and watching amazing sunrises.

Not to mention horseback riding trails, campgrounds, golf courses, dog parks, snowmobiling trails, ice skating rinks, disc golf courses, skate parks, and much more sprinkled across town.

Now add the 12,000 acres of wetlands, tributary streams and bays of the St. Louis River estuary, much of which hugs Duluth.  Also, consider the 8,938 acres of hardwood forest at Jay Cooke State Park, which borders Duluth, the 18,000 acres of Boulder Lake Environment Learning Center just 14 miles away, and the 4,400 acres of the Superior Municipal Forest just minutes across the bridge in Wisconsin.


Looking for a Duluth Outdoor Adventure? There’s a Map for That!

With so many options for outdoor recreation, how does an outdoor enthusiast know where to go? The City of Duluth produces a free paper map showing nearly all of the public recreation opportunities mentioned above.

The map, called the Outdoor Duluth Recreation Map, provides an overview with green shading of each publicly accessible outdoor location in the area, and details trail type, trail head information, and parking lots, plus the roads to get there.

The legend is also very detailed. Want to access the beach?  Look for the umbrella symbol.  Want to go kayaking or canoeing?  Look for the symbol of the person carrying a canoe.  Want to go birding?  Look for the binoculars.  Want to go skijoring?  Look for the dog pulling the Nordic skier.  Whatever outdoor activity you are interesting in pursing, it is likely documented on this map.

Duluth is unique in its access to and wide variety of outdoor recreation.  And the Outdoor Duluth Recreation Map makes planning your next outdoor adventure easy.

Three Ways to Access Free Map

1.  Online:  download a free PDF version at the Duluth Parks & Recreation website here.

2.  In Person:  pick up a free paper copy at the Parks and Recreation Office at City Hall (411 West 1st Street, phone 218-730-4300).

3.  Find a free copy at Parks partners such as Visit Duluth, Trailfitters, Continental Ski, Duluth Running Company, Ski Hut, Hartley Nature Center, Spirit Mountain, Munger Inn, Lake Superior Zoo, Indian Point Campground, Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Twin Ports Cyclery, Thompson Hill Travel Information Center, among others. This map is hot so it might be worthwhile to call ahead to check availability.

Got kids?

Once you’ve secured your map, check out this Make-Your-Own-Adventure idea from my blog, Outside In Duluth, for a fun way to use the map and encourage more outdoor time as a family.

Outdoor adventure awaits in Duluth!

--- Kristina Bourne loves spending time in Duluth’s great outdoors with her family. She blogs about her family’s outdoor adventures at Outside In Duluth, a great resource for ideas and inspiration.

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