Some 15 miles of trails meander over the 500 acres of the Briggs Outdoors property, showcasing a wide variety of habitats unique to the Driftless Region of southeastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northeastern Iowa. Because the property is not heavily traveled, you’re likely to see a wide variety of flora and fauna on your hike, backcountry ski trip, or fat-tire biking adventure. Some of the highlights:
- Cedar Creek, a cold-spring trout creek, cuts through the property (you cross it on your way to the farmhouse). Wildlife is commonly sighted in the creek bottoms, including swallows and other water-loving bird species.
- Along the trail above Cedar Creek, you’ll come across the gravesite of Halvor Myhre, a pioneer of Cedar Valley who first established the farm.
- An abandoned apple orchard feeds deer and other wildlife.
- Rare plant species unique to the Driftless Region might be spotted on the bluff trails, along with a profusion of more common wildflowers.
- Hike to the rock outcropping on the bluff behind the farmhouse for a great view of Cedar Valley, including the picturesque Cedar Valley Lutheran Church.
- Raspberry picking is a favorite activity in late summer!
- This is prime birdwatching country; experienced birders typically count several dozen common species in a few hours every spring. Check out our birdwatching page for details.
- Be on the lookout for wild eastern turkeys, bald eagles and other raptors, red-tailed fox, deer, and other wildlife.
Our trails are mowed but not marked. Bring appropriate gear for hiking, and take all the usual precautions.