NorthStar Trail Travelers Celebrate Twin Anniversaries

Aug 29, 2023Events

Visit our trail-friendly sponsor!
Spirit Mountain: Mountain Bike, Ski, Camp and so much more!
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.

After walking, stop for a sloppy joe lunch and we’ll cut the anniversary cake. NSTT has always prided itself in providing high quality walking events in Minnesota’s state parks. Come and see for yourself!

For more info go to or email

Visit our trail-friendly sponsor!
Brainerd is in the heart of Minnesota's Lake Country
Ski, Snowboard, Fat Bike with a lift assist at Detroit Mountain!
The Parks and Trails Council's mission is to acquire, protect and enhance critical land for the public's use and benefit.
The Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour is a two-day, 150-mile, fully supported cycling event that is open to riders of all ages and abilities.
Love the Life in Luverne, Minnesota and take a spin on the Loop Trail around town and into Blue Mounds State Park

Keep up with the latest MN Trails news and events in our newsletter

About me

I’m Jan, the publisher of Minnesota Trails Magazine. I’m looking for that one trail, the next ride, a new discovery and other reasons never to sit still in Minnesota.


Visit our trail-friendly sponsor!
Cultivate the best outdoor experiences in Marshall, Minnesota!

More stories:

Must-Do Bike Rides in 2024

Road, trail, gravel, you name it. Take a look at our list of 2024 bike rides and mark your calendars!

Trail Pairings: A Visit to Lakeville

Miles and miles of trails in Lakeville pair well with pints at two local breweries.

Hitting the Trails in Thief River Falls

For most of the weekend we traveled on two wheels and packed in a lot of sightseeing, just by riding the trails.

Snowshoe Event at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Join the NorthStar Trail Travelers on their first outing of the new year.

Interview: Unruly Women’s Monica Shoberg

Unruly Women’s mission is to help create a more inclusive and accessible outdoor experience.

Your Corona Story

It’s been another week of cancelled plans and life upside down.

Adventure Report: A Visit to Sparta, WI

In the cover of darkness we snuck across the border to do some biking and fishing. Turns out we may have to do it again soon.

Trail Pairings: Bank Brewing in Hendricks, MN

This is the first entry in my new series called Trail Pairings, where I visit a place, explore their roads and trails and visit the local taproom so I can recommend a beer to go with it. Someone’s gotta do it.

Winter Snowshoe/Walk at Lake Maria State Park

Join the NorthStar Trail Travelers on a snowshoe/walk at Lake Maria State Park and kick off your 2024 walking season.

12 Minnesota State Parks for Snowshoeing This Winter

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and blaze your own trail in a Minnesota State Park.

Skiing on the Edge of the Boundary Waters

There’s almost 200km of cross-country ski trails within a 20-mile radius of Soudan, MN and that was all we needed to know to plan our trip.

Visit our trail-friendly sponsor!
The Parks and Trails Council's mission is to acquire, protect and enhance critical land for the public's use and benefit.

Please join our newsletter mailing list!

It’s your source for sneak previews of the next print issue, new trails to explore, upcoming events and the latest blog posts. We promise to keep it brief, entertaining and relevant and you can unsubscribe anytime. We will not share your info with anyone.

* indicates required