It was back in early December when I was looking for a trail in the north metro area that I had not yet hiked. Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes, Minnesota is where I began my journey. My original plan was to explore the Wargo trails, check out the indoor portion of the Nature Center, and then walk from there to Rice Creek Trail North. I have hiked other sections of Rice Creek Trail and wanted to see more of it. Turns out that the walk from Wargo Nature Center to Rice Creek Trail involves walking along the road for over a mile. It is on a peninsula. I am not a big fan of walking along the road so I decided to just explore Wargo.
I realize that I did not take any pictures of the child-centered nature areas or the inside of the building. This would be a good place to bring kids especially if you check their website ahead of time to see their schedule of programs. I was there late morning on a weekday and it was very quiet. I think on the whole property it was me, the park employee, and a plumber working on the restrooms. The main building was in view almost the whole time I was on this trail. In the summer when the leaves are on the trees it probably will seem more like being deep in the woods. Still, it is a lovely loop trail with great views of the lake and wetland. I was reminded that simple is good.