On the bluff of the Mississippi River, the prairie and woodlands of the Maplewood's Fish Creek Natural Area beckon hikers and wildlife. A trail winds up to the bluff top, and opens to views of the western horizon. Part of the Mississippi River flyway, the site is frequented by raptors, songbirds, and wildlife species such as fox, coyote, and deer.
Maplewood's 70-acre preserve is adjacent to Ramsey County's 142-acre Fish Creek Open Space. The City and County worked together on a Master Plan to guide improvements and restoration at their sites.
The trail at Fish Creek is officially open. It's gorgeous! The asphalt trail takes you to the bluff top, through woodlands and restored prairie, on both City and County land. The main loop is just under one mile. The trail is not plowed in the winter, so strap on your snowshoes and skis and enjoy.
Where's the Creek?
Visitors to the Maplewood's Fish Creek Natural Area often ask, "Where's the creek?" The creek flows through Ramsey County land. You can get a glimpse of it as you head down Henry Lane to the trail head, but there is not a maintained access point to the creek from public land.
Future plans call for a rustic trail along the creek, from Point Douglas Road to Henry Lane. When that is developed, we'll have an opportunity to access the creek near Henry Lane or from the asphalt trail loop. Maplewood Nature Center often leads a spring wildflower walk along the creek in May, entering through private property, so check their program schedule if you'd like to explore the creek.