Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage

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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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  • Highly recommend hiking here. Watch the signs to be aware of where you are going. Trails are very scenic. You can hike six miles easily. We hike here in all seasons.  more »
  • Murphy-Hanrehan is a great regional park as part of the 3-Rivers Park district with a fantastic single-track off road trail. Spent many hours riding the bike trail maintained by volunteers who keep th...  more »
  • Took the 3.6 mile trail to walk the dogs. Great variety of terrain: hardwood forest, hills, prairie, lakes and ponds. We even saw a pheasant, to boot. It was nice that it wasn't busy. Feels pretty remote there, considering it's not too far from the cities. Wild landscape makes it seem like going back into time before Minnesota was a state. Will definitely plan to return.
  • Great trails but I go there for the leash less dog park. While it's not as good as Clearly Lake (it's a lot smaller) it's nice because rarely are there more than a few dogs. The popular parks sometimes have heards of dogs because there are so many. That can be fun, but sometimes you just want a quieter scene. The trails are somewhat steep if you use them. The park is one of the most difficult cross country skiing trails in the TC area. Lots of mountain bike events take place in the warmer seasons.

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