NorthStar Trail Travelers Celebrate Twin Anniversaries
All photos NSTT. Main image: Sunrise picnic area on the St. Croix River.
Small image: Walk along the old Military Road on the St. Croix River.
NorthStar Trail Travelers (NSTT) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the club’s formation at its two-event weekend on September 23 and 24 at Wild River State Park near Almelund, Minnesota. The park is also celebrating an anniversary — its 50th since being established by the Minnesota Legislature. NSTT will honor both by offering two different walks at the park, with an anniversary cake honoring both!
On Saturday, September 23, NSTT invites you to the Sunrise unit at the northern end of the park. This area has never hosted a Volkswalk before, so it will be all new to our walkers. The area has two loops that start and end at the picnic area near the St. Croix River. The St. Croix is a National Wild and Scenic River and is especially active in spring months when spring waters overtake the banks and literally close off parts of the two trails we are walking, hence the September date. One loop is a rustic 4k and an easy route to walk on trails shared with equestrians. The other loop is a long 8k through hardwood forests, prairies and goes by the remnants of a railroad that was never completed. Our traditional brats/hot dogs dogs lunch will be served for a suggested donation. Be sure to bring your camping chair along as there are no picnic tables in this area.
On Sunday, September 24, we move to the main part of the park, near Almelund, Minnesota. Registration will be on the deck at the Visitor Center. Several trail options are available here with two 3k trails and an out and back 4k or 6k option on the Old Military Road, another trail we’ve never walked at an event. The old road was once a thoroughfare for pioneers and commercial travel between Hastings, MN and Superior, WI. There is one long hill to navigate getting from the Visitor Center to most of the trails. Two options provide you with an additional 3km without a second walk up and down the hill.