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Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Park
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve is a 2,400 acre site in northeast Scott County that contains significant wetlands, lakes, restored prairie, hilly terrain, and glacial ridges. The park offers one of the most challenging cross-country ski areas in the Twin Cities, and is a favorite spot for mountain bikers. With the exception of the trails, the park reserve remains mostly undeveloped, making it the best park in Three Rivers for birdwatchers to spot woodland songbirds. This park has also been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.

For more information on the park's master plan, visit

About the Scott County-Three Rivers Park District Partnership:

Scott County and Three Rivers Park District have combined resources to collectively operate all regional parks and trails in Scott County under terms of a joint powers agreement approved in 2010.
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  • I was visiting my daughter for an overnight stay and was looking for something to do. This park is very close to her new home. I loved it! I did about a 40 minute loop on my first time here and...  more »
  • Great place for a hike. Hikes for about an hour around a pretty little lake, with sunset views. Some paths paved. Some dirt. But plenty wide and clear. Small hills. Good get away exercise...  more »
  • I've enjoyed this nature reserve many times & it's always such fun to see the turtles hanging out on the rocks. Typically I ask the happy turtles how their day is going? No response is the usual thing. A head bob followed by a sprint into the water is expected. Most days I am not disappointed. My typical hope is just to see as many as possible. I hope everyone reading this enjoys nature as much as possible!
  • Great park. 18 miles of trails. Maps available at the trail head and the trails were clearly marked. Saw a lot of wildlife. Bring your bug spray, the biting flies were horrible due to the water. Note that some of the trails were hard, need to be prepared for the hills.

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