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Outdoor Duluth Facts

Here’s a place for the adventurous types to learn exactly what we offer, by the numbers.

  • 129 municipal parks totaling 3,264 acres, plus:
    - Two 27-hole golf courses.
    - 41 tennis courts.
    - 29 baseball/softball fields.
    - 22 neighborhood recreation centers.
    - 11 senior centers.
    - 45 miles of snowmobile trails.
    - 44 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails.
    - 8 self-guided hiking trails.
    - Keene's Creek Dog Park.
    - Regional zoo.
  • Dozens of rivers and creeks within the city.
  • Secluded waterfalls throughout town.
  • Hartley Park is 975 acres; Barton Peak Forest Park is 2,775 acres. By comparison, New York’s Central Park is just 860 acres.
  • Rock–climbing opportunities throughout the city.
  • Home to the North Shore Scenic Drive, designated a National All American Road
  • 30-mile scenic drive follows ancient shoreline 600 feet above the city.
  • Abundance of wildlife; including bear, deer and moose within city limits.
  • Fishing opportunities: salmon, lake trout, sturgeon, walleye, other big-water fish, plus the annual “smelt run.”
  • International sculpture garden features works from sister cities in Sweden, Russia, Canada and Japan.
  • Rose garden blooms with more than 40,000 roses.
  • Enger Tower overlooks the city and was dedicated by Crown Prince Olav of Norway.
  • Park Point beach is one of the world’s longest natural sand bar, jutting seven miles into Lake Superior.
  • Rated by Golf Digest (July ’98) as first in the nation for quality and accessibility in public golf.
  • Recognized by the Audubon Society, Hawk Ridge acts as a “funnel” for tens of thousands of migratory hawks, eagles and other birds of prey.
  • Some of the most vertical downhill skiing in the Midwest.
  • Gateway to Lake Superior’s scenic north shore.
    - 2.5-hour drive to the Canadian border.
    - Split Rock lighthouse.
    - Gooseberry Falls State Park.
    - Tettegouche State Park.
  • One-hour drive from the Iron Range.
    - Largest open-pit mine in the world.
    - Supplied the iron that built the nation.
  • Just over one-hour drive to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness/Quetico Canadian Provincial Park.
    - Thousands of acres of untouched wilderness.
    - Much of the area is accessible only by canoe and portage.
  • "State of the Air 2002" report places Duluth among the top 10 metropolitan areas in the United States with the least smog pollution according to data released by the American Lung Association from EPA Air Quality Index research.


 
 

 
 
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