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St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

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On Saturday, fellow Up North Parent Becky and I went to a new-to-us trail to hike. Becky read about the St. Mathias Heritage Trail in a recent copy of the Lake Country Journal and decided that we should head out there.

At the beginning of the well-marked trail, there are two benches, in honor of the founders of the park. We stopped to have lunch here after our hike.

St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

It turned out to be a beautiful, warm autumn day! We walked the granite trail, which ended up being a little over a mile. There were signs and maps everywhere, which was really helpful since I have no sense of direction.

St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

Becky spotted some trees that were bent over. She said fairies did it, but I am convinced it was Bigfoot! We spotted several of these formations along the trail, along with a few rock piles.

St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

As we walked, we came across a few little bridges. There were tiny creeks beneath the bridges, full of fallen leaves. We also found some brilliantly red leaves, both all over the ground and still up on the trees.

St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

At the end of the Heritage Trail, there was a small lookout spot. The view was amazing! We sat for quite awhile, taking it all in.

St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

The Nokasippi.

St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

And Becky, enjoying the view.

St. Mathias Heritage Trail | Brainerd Lakes Area

St. Mathias Heritage Trail - Brainerd Lakes Area

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