The Miesville Ravine Park Reserve, located south of Miesville and between Cannon Falls and Welch, provides an easy and enjoyable outdoors experience. Like its name says, the park surrounds a tributary of the Cannon River with the trails at the bottom of a large ravine. It features just over two miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and trout fishing on the brook that the trails follow. The park begins at the confluence of the brook and the Cannon River.
The main attraction of Miesville Ravine Park Reserve are its hiking trails that run on both sides of 280th Street. There are 2.29 miles of hiking trails in the park, which are almost entirely in the shade beneath the tree cover of the ravine. The trails are wide, well-groomed and are primarily grass, which makes them ideal for a casual, easy hike. Despite being almost entirely wooded, bugs were not a problem and there is plenty of wildlife to enjoy if paying close enough attention. They are not meant for those looking for a strenuous or challenging hike, but are a great way to spend a few hours in the afternoon.
The park’s hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and on top of hiking and picnicking, allows fishing, hunting, hammocking, geocaching, dogs on leash and canoeing/kayaking/paddle boarding. In the winter, there are snowshoeing trails as well as hiking. For more information on Miesville Ravine Park Reserve, click here. Also, check out more photos of the trails below.
*Editor's Note: The previous version of this article mentioned biking on the trails, which is against park rules. Biking is only allowed on trails specifically designed for it.