Duluth's Natural Surface Trails Closed Temporarily

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: April 05, 2019 06:25 PM

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division announced Friday that all natural surface trails are closed to the public temporarily due to the annual spring thaw.

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The unpaved trails are closed off to the public until the spring thaw is over. Trails are currently very wet and muddy. A lot of them continue to have snow. The frost depth is deeper from the amount of snow from this year's winter.

Current wet soil conditions make the trails unsafe for recreational use. Continued use of the trails with the current conditions they’re in can result in significant damage to them as well.

The City of Duluth is advising the public to use paved trails like the Lakewalk, Cross City Trail, and Western Waterfront Trail until the natural surface trails are dry and hardened. The process takes about a month.

City of Duluth Parks and Recreation officials said the temporary closure is not only for the safety of the public but also for the safety of the trails.

"The trail closure is more for the integrity of the trails and to protect the trails. We really want to remind everyone that these are public assets. All the parks and all the trails, they are your places, so they're your spaces and we want people to protect their trails,” Matthew Andrews, the City of Duluth Parks & Recreation trails coordinator, said.

The closure is part of the annual freeze thaw cycle that happens every spring and fall.

Maintenance crews are currently making repairs on the trails so that they are ready for recreational use once they reopen.

The following list of trails below are closed to the public:

-Amity Creek Trail

-Chester Park Trails

-Congdon Park Trails

-Hartley Park Trails

-Hawk Ridge Trails

-Kingsbury Creek

-Lester Park

-Park Point Trails

-Web Woods

-Grassy Point Trails

-Superior Hiking Trail


Alejandra Palacios

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