Just west of the Twin Cities in Victoria, Carver Park Reserve offers something for everyone. As one of the largest parks in the Three Rivers Park District, it encompasses 3,500 acres of rolling hills, woods, countryside and several lakes. Miles of winding, paved and unpaved trails cater to bicyclists, runners, hikers and horseback riders.
Three park facilities highlight area culture and nature. The Lowry Nature Center has animals including snakes and raptors and interpretive displays in a prairie-style building and trails and wildlife viewing on its 250-acre site. The Grimm Farm Historic Site tells the history of 19th-century German farmers and pioneering seed-savers who gave us the first winter-hardy alfalfa. View more wildlife on the lake and wetlands at the King Waterfowl Sanctuary.
Other park amenities include a children’s play area, boating, fishing, archery and an off-leash dog area. Stay the night at the Lake Auburn campground or one of the group camp areas. The Carver Park Reserve is linked to Hopkins by the 15-mile Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail, which passes through Chanhassen, Excelsior and Minnetonka.
The Three Rivers Park District, spanning the west suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, is named after the district’s three rivers: the Mississippi, the Minnesota and the Crow.