Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

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.

Directions

The farm is located at 27171 County Highway 9. Click here for complete directions and a map. Please note that if you are using GPS or Google Maps to find us, be sure that you are going to the address north of I-90. You may want to use Cedar Valley Lutheran Church as a proxy; we're right next door.