Mill Towns Trail features varied terrain and scenery. The trail winds through historic downtown and around the serene Sechler Park, offering views of the Cannon River and the railroad. Northfield also features occasional criterion and road races for both novices and advanced bikers.
milltownstrail.org | go.northfield.org
Sechler Park Mountain Bike Trail extends along the northwest side of the Cannon River, from the Pedestrian Bridge (near the intersection of Hwys 3 and 19 to Heath Creek near Armstrong Road). The Sechler Park Mountain Bike Trail is a two-way trail, approximately 3.5 miles if all sections are ridden in both directions.
880 acres of prairie and woodland adjacent to the Carleton campus. Filled with jogging, biking, and skiing trails, fishing holes, and people of all ages.
Miles of well-groomed trails are available. Try the trails at Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, River Bend Nature Center or Nerstrand Big Woods. Snowshoes are available for rent at The Gear Resource.
201 Railway St N, Dundas | 507-407-4327 | thegearresource.com
Let your dogs run and socialize at a park. One is located South of County Road 1 near the Schilling Drive intersection in nearby Dundas.
Fish along the Cannon River for bluegill, bullhead, walleye, northern pike, crappie and smallmouth bass.
Indoor open skating is available at the Northfield Arena from November through March. Outdoor facilities can be found at several city parks, Northfield High School and Carleton and St. Olaf colleges.
Just 14 miles south of Northfield, the River Bend Nature Center encompasses 750 acres and features a variety of public programs, from photography lessons to bird watching tips. The Big Woods Amphitheater is available free of charge and without reservations and can accommodate up to 100 people.
1000 Rustad Rd, Faribault | 507-332-7151 | rbnc.org
The St. Olaf Old Main hill has been a sledding tradition in Northfield since the early 1800s; and at Carleton College, the Evans Hall hill is located at the southeast end of the Cowling Arboretum at the end of Second Street.
The 42.5 mile Waterford Trail begins at Sechler Park and winds through scenic forests, open fields and pastures. Based in Northfield, the Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club members maintain about 60 miles of trails and groom about 84 miles worth.
Community Center featuring aquatics center, full-size gymnasium, drop-in child care, an entire second floor of HEalth and Wellness, including indoor track, group exercise studio as well as cardio, free weight and weight machine equipment and locker rooms. Free for Minnesota YMCA members. Day passes available.
507-645-0088 | northfieldymca.org
Along the banks of the Cannon River, lies charming Northfield, Minnesota. See for yourself why Northfield was included on CountryLiving.com’s “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list and named “Best Place To Retire” by Money Magazine!