Blue Hill Hiking Trail

photo: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge along the St. Francis River. Photo by Tim Kiser.

Length: 5.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, In Sherburne NWR, NW of Zimmerman, W of US 169.
State(s): Minnesota
Counties: Sherburne
Longitude: -93.71284
Latitude: 45.49472

Driving Directions

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The Blue Hill Trail at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge offers five miles of scenic hiking over moderately level terrain. Blue Hill, the highest point on the refuge, rises about 90 feet above the surrounding area. This hill of sand, rocks and gravel is surrounded by flat to rolling sandy terrain and wetlands formed by glacial meltwater 12,000 years ago.

The oak woodland along the trail is part of the oak savanna where scattered bur oak, red oak, and American hazelnut are interspersed with prairie openings and wetlands. The oak savanna is being restored through the use of prescribed burning.

The trail has three loops designed to let the visitor choose their walking distance as they travel through woodland habitat and prairie openings, skirting Buck Lake and several seasonal wetlands. An observation deck with spotting scope provides an excellent view of Buck Lake.

For more information on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge call. (763) 389-3323. The refuge is located east of St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 1,000
Elevation High Point: 1,090
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFWS - Sherburne Refuge
Website: Ramblefeet page on the trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Anne Sittauer
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
17076 293rd Ave.
Zimmerman, MN 55398
(763) 389-3323
[email protected]

Information Contact:
Nancy Haugen
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Sherburne NWR 17076 293rd Ave
Zimmerman, MN 55398
(763) 389-3323 ext. 13
[email protected]



Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge along the St. Francis River. Photo by Tim Kiser.

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge along the St. Francis River. Photo by Tim Kiser.


Fantastic Trail for all

Always have highly enjoyable experiences here. Beautiful scenery. Barefoot friendly.


June 3, 2018



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