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The Best Duluth Hiking Trails for Fall

Enjoying the views from the best Duluth Hiking Trails this fall

There’s no shortage of Duluth hiking trails to enjoy throughout the year – even during the snowy months of winter – but they are exceptionally beautiful in the fall.  Whether you’re looking for beautiful displays of fall foliage, great views of the city, or just a fun way to get out and get some exercise this fall, we’re happy to recommend some of the best Duluth hiking trails while you’re staying at our Duluth Bed and Breakfasts.

From great hikes like Ely’s Peak to simple excursions like the Duluth Lakewalk, there are plenty of Duluth hiking trails for everyone. And, when you’re ready to relax and put your feet up, the extraordinary accommodations at our Duluth Bed and Breakfasts will be waiting for you. From the beautiful beaches of Lake Superior in front of Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, or the historic, upscale mansion at AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, our incredible Inns offer an incomparable lodging experience in the heart of Duluth.

Wherever you land, you can expect some of the finest midwest hospitality, exceptional guest rooms, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. Book your room today!

Young woman hiking on beautiful duluth hiking trails this fall

10 of the Best Duluth Hiking Trails For Fall 2021

Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Duluth, no matter the season.  From spring through winter, Duluth hiking trails get plenty of use!  There really are so many to choose from, too, which is great.  Every time you step outside, new adventures are waiting.

With so many great Duluth hiking trails to choose from, it can be challenging to settle on one or two to tackle while you’re here. That’s where we come in!  There are definitely a few “must-see” trails, like the famed Ely Peak. Here are 10 of our favorite Duluth hiking trails to consider this fall.

  • The best of all the Duluth hiking trails is the Superior Hiking Trail, which offers 310 total miles of hiking from the Canadian Border south. You can do this trail all at once, but most people do segment hikes.  Either way, you’ll follow the rocky ridges overlooking Lake Superior for the majority of your time on this trail.
  • The Duluth Lakewalk is one of the most popular walking trails in Duluth, and also ranks as one of the easiest Duluth hiking trails.  It winds along the shores of Lake Superior, starting in Canal Park, for 7.5 miles, eventually ending at Brighton Beach.
  • Hiking up to Ely’s Peak really should be something you do at least once. The views from the top are breathtaking, especially at sunset. It’s also one of our favorite hikes to take in the fall.
  • If you’re looking for great city views, check out Duluth’s Skyline Parkway. It’s popular, and also serves as an excellent connecting trail, as it traverses Duluth from one end of the city to the other.
  • The Magney Snively Trailhead is a beautiful place to explore. The park encompasses 1,800 acres and a variety of habitats, including wetlands, uplands, and rocky outcrops. This fall, don’t miss the views from Bardon’s Peak.
  • Duluth’s Lester Park is popular not just for mountain bikers, but hikers as well. The trails here also connect to those in Amity Park, which can further connect to other trails in the area, like the Skyline Parkway and the Superior Hiking Trail.
  • If you want to enjoy a combination of beach and forest, then head to the Park Point Trailhead. It can be deceptively challenging, though, as much of the trail takes you through the sand. As you go, you’ll enjoy interesting views of the harbor, what’s left of the old-growth forest and settlers cabins, and the original lighthouse and entry into Duluth’s harbor.
  • If you’re looking for a quick escape into nature while still in the city, we recommend Chester Creek Hiking Trail.
  • It’s hard to talk about the best Duluth hiking trails without mentioning those found at Jay Cooke State Park. There are more than 50 trails in the park and it’s an exceptionally beautiful place to explore in the fall.
  • Another great place to hike in the fall is at Gooseberry Falls State Park, just north of Duluth. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy beautiful waterfalls while hiking around the park.

waterfalls and more on the best duluth hiking trails this fall

Two Stunning Duluth Bed and Breakfasts

After a day on these (or other) Duluth hiking trails, your feet are probably going to be tired. There’s no better place to take a load off your tired body and recover from your days’ adventures than at one of our Duluth Bed and Breakfasts.  they are both conveniently situated near downtown Duluth, too, which means you don’t have to travel far for the best breweries and restaurants when you need a little pick me up!

Relax in the historic elegance of the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast. or unwind at the waterfront location of Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, both of which offer wide-ranging local knowledge, gourmet breakfasts, and a unique glimpse into Duluth’s rugged yet charming character.

Solglimt Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast is situated on the sandy shores of Park Point and is the only lakefront Bed and Breakfast in Duluth.  You’ll be nestled up against the beautiful shores of Lake Superior, where you have ample opportunity to watch ships and wildlife come and go.

Alternatively, the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast offers an upscale, luxury experience in the heart of Duluth’s Congdon Mansion District. This beautiful Inn is nestled on 2 beautifully landscaped and private acres, which gives you plenty of places to spread out for some rest and relaxation this summer.

Whichever Inn you choose, we know you’ll have an exceptional time hitting the Duluth hiking trails with us this fall.

Duluth’s Top Rated Bed and Breakfasts

Solglimt Lakeshores Bed and Breakfast Duluth Minnesota

Solglimt Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast

A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast Duluth Minnesota

A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast



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