From neighborhood parks with playgrounds to wooded park reserves with mountain bike trails, Inver Grove Heights offers a park and trail experience for everyone. Take in panoramic views of the Mississippi from a walking pier in Swing Bridge Park or play a game of disc golf at North Valley Park. Go fishing at Simley Island Park or take the furry members of the family along to the Heritage Village Park’s off-leash dog park. Bikers will appreciate the Mississippi River and Salem Hills trails.
Parks and Hiking Trails
Inver Grove Heights’ newest park is Heritage Village Park, home to the city’s first off-leash dog park. There are designated small breed and all breed areas, with drinking fountains, woodchip run areas, a turf run area, and seating.
An annual dog park pass is required, which costs $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents for the first dog. A second dog can be added for $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents. In order to purchase a dog park pass, dogs must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination with a rabies certificate issued by a certified veterinarian. Dog park passes are available for purchase online or at the Parks & Recreation Office.
A Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. to officially open the off-leash dog park.
North Valley Park is a wooded escape in the heart of Inver Grove Heights, with trails, baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and picnic tables. The park is also home to the Inver Grove Heights Disc Golf Course.
A small park on the bank of the Mississippi River, the scenic views at River Front Park make it one of the city’s hidden gems. Picnic tables and grills are available.
One of the Inver Grove Heights’ most picturesque parks is Simley Island Park, which is connected to the mainland via a short paved path. Enjoy fishing for species including sunfish, crappies, and bass, or gather friends and family for a picnic in the picnic shelter.
At South Valley Park, there are recreation opportunities all year long. In the winter, there’s a sledding hill and ice skating rink. During the warmer months, enjoy a playground, baseball field, over a mile of trails, and disc golf.
Swing Bridge Park is home to Inver Grove Heights’ most iconic landmark, a historic bridge that has been converted into a walking pier. Jutting 680 feet over the water, the pier offers 360 degree views of the Mississippi River.
This list is only a sampling of Inver Grove Heights’ over two dozen parks. A complete directory of Inver Grove Heights parks is available here.
Enjoy river views on a ride along the Mississippi River Trail, which is paved and perfect for bicycling, hiking, inline skating, and on-leash dog walking. The trailhead facility at Swing Bridge Park offers restrooms, bike fix-it stations, and a picnic shelter. Once completed in 2021, the regional trail will extend 27 miles from Saint Paul to Hastings.
Salem Hills Mountain Bike Trail is a single-track 4.4 mile loop with a 237 foot ascent. The surrounding park features rolling hills, a small pond, and wetlands. Much of the park is reclaimed farmland that is now natural prairie grasses and wildflowers.
In addition to scenic biking trails, Inver Grove Heights is home to Bike King, a one-stop shop for all things cycling. There’s an impressive selection of bikes, including road, mountain, and children’s bikes, as well as a wide range of parts, accessories, helmets, and activewear.
After a fun-filled day exploring Inver Grove Heights’ parks and trails, spend the night at one of Inver Grove Heights’ hotels. Inver Grove Height hotels are conveniently located to downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Book your stay at these Inver Grove Heights hotels today!