Lebanon Hills Regional Park
“Lebanon Hills is a significant natural resource in Dakota County because it is the last remaining large habitat of this type in northern Dakota County.” ~ MN DNR, 1994
Note: For information about the Lebanon Hills Natural Resources Management Plan, click on the “Events/Newsletter” tab above.
A popular destination for nature-based recreation and education, Lebanon Hills Regional Park has often been referred to as the Boundary Waters South. Lebanon Hills has offered visitors a genuine sense of wilderness for decades, and provides valuable habitat for wildlife. A significant natural resource in Dakota County, Lebanon Hills is elevated in importance each time development takes place in the surrounding area and the rest of the metropolitan region.
The park’s unique glacial-moraine landscape offers an abundance of nature-based recreation opportunities including canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, equestrian, fishing, geocaching, hiking, nature education, trail running, mountain biking, picnicking, play areas, swimming, bonfires, cross-country skiing, ice skating, kick sledding, snowshoeing, birding — and so much more.
With its lakes and portages, you have the opportunity to enjoy a day trip to a Boundary-Waters type experience fewer than 30-minutes from Minneapolis. With its rolling hills and natural trails, it’s the perfect place to get in shape for a long backpack trip, or just meander through the woods. But more than anything, Lebanon Hills offers an easy escape from the hectic pace and noise of everyday life.
Enjoy spending time at Lebanon Hills — you’ll be glad you did.
Lebanon Hills Trail Plans
Sustainability Study Done
Dakota County’s consultants have spent the last year evaluating all the trails in Lebanon Hills Regional Park for uses, alignment, and construction. The study has been completed and presented to the Dakota County Physical Development Committee. It is now to be considered along with the park’s Master Plan and Natural Resource Management Plan in park management decisions.
We met with staff and the consultants twice during the process to offer our input regarding the plan’s recommendations for improved, moved, and new trails. We appreciate that finally the many eroded and degraded trails are getting attention. Our response, as always, was to strongly encourage the county to view this study first and foremost through an environmental lens. The park’s recently approved Natural Resource Management Plan is a strong assessment of the value and needs of the park’s environmental communities, as we like to call them. Any and all recreational trail recommendations should be considered around this plan’s recommendations for the park’s natural habitats.
We continue to encourage Dakota County to manage Lebanon Hills Regional Park’s lakes and land in ways that prioritizes its natural habitat, which is its greatest asset.