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Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington

#3 of 6 in Parks in Bloomington
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
1,000+ acre park reserve with actives for every season. The Visitor Center is open daily (hours vary by season) but restrooms are available inside from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Summer amenities include more than 9 miles of hiking trails and 8 miles of paved biking, running, and dog friendly trails. A popular creative play area will keep the kids engaged. Picnic areas with charcoal grills are available throughout. Canoe, kayak, and paddle boat rentals are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Winter amenities include classic and freestyle cross county ski rentals with 3.3 miles of manufactured snow trails and more than 6 miles of natural snow trails. 5 miles of ski trails have trail lights for early morning and evening skiing.
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  • The setting is beautiful around Hyland Lake. We went specifically for the kids playground. Our 5 kids ranging from 2-10 had a blast. The play structure was huge. Tons of slides, climbing ropes...  more »
  • We live real close to the park. We really enjoy the parks walking and biking trails. We've also used our kayak on the lake. We especially like to take our grandsons there so they can play in the...  more »
  • Went for my first wedding this past weekend. Had not been at Hyland Hills in 20 years. What a totally beautiful surprise. Even with a rain storm pushing the wedding indoors, the view to the hill from the 30 foot windows was idyllic. The bathrooms and changing rooms were clean, orderly and spacious. The ski chalet did not feel cold and impersonal, but instead warm and inviting. With nearly 200 guests, the space worked really well. Worth consideration for the next big event.
  • Not very dog-friendly. If you want to walk your dog, you’ll have to walk alongside the paved bike trails. But the bike trails don’t go all the way around the lake, and the unpaved trails are off limits to dogs, although it’s hard to tell from the poorly designed map. The playground is big and impressive, but there’s hardly any shade. On a warm day it’s like sending your kids to play in frying pan. Oh, and your dog can’t come with you into the observation area, either. If you leave your dog at home and bring plenty of sunscreen for the kids, you’ll have a great time. If you bring your dog, it honestly kinda sucks.
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