Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and get active. Plan to take a hike on the seven-mile scenic River Walk, a historic walk along our two rivers, which is the reason the town got its start over a hundred years ago. Paths built by the City of Thief River Falls, Northland Community & Technical College and Pennington County in partnership with GFWC Zehlians take you through nine parks and three forest trails along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers. As you stroll along the River Walk, find all 15 pictographs that show what each river view was like many years ago.
The River Walk starts at Centennial Park, across from Northland Community & Technical College, and winds through the wooden Northland Trails which is a system of grassy lanes beside the Thief River, amidst trees uncut for a century. Here is where the two rivers meet and the exact place an Ojibwe village existed until 1904.
The River Walk then begins to make its way south along the Red Lake River ending at Oakland Park. Near the end of the trail, there is an optional loop that takes you through the Greenwood Trails Recreation Area, a 48-acre wooden trail system just east of the Red Lake River on Greenwood Street. You don’t want to miss that scenic jaunt, as it is one of the best kept secrets in Thief River Falls in my opinion. There is a mile of paved trails and the rest are unpaved, giving you that country feel while remaining in city limits. Go for a hike or mountain bike ride during the mild weather months and try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the snowy months!
The City of Thief River Falls offers this place to walk and encounter history as well as nature, to meet a friendly face or two, and to experience peace and quiet. We hope you enjoy it! Click here for an electronic map or stop in at the Carnegie Library (102 Main Ave. N) to pick one up today.