The Nature of Our Community

Nature is central to Elk River’s community – with 41 parks covering almost 1,100 acres, over 35 miles of paved walkways, and a myriad of hiking and biking trails throughout the city.

playgroundResidents can also take advantage of our Bailey Point Nature Preserve, Elk River Activity Center, Elk River Arena, and annual farmers market, plus adult softball and volleyball leagues.

Being a family-oriented community, Elk River offers a variety of youth programs as well, including preschool tumbling, soccer, flag football, basketball, t-ball, skating, hockey and much, much more.

Our Signature Parks

Hillside Park

Home to six miles of challenging mountain bike trails. Volunteers built and maintain these trails, which travel through 80 aces of oak forest.

Orono Park

Orono Park is 45 acres in size and includes a fishing pier, swimming beach, sand volleyball courts, dog park, mature oak trees and a destination playground. Launch your boat to enjoy fishing, water skiing, and just skiing. Three park shelters with electricity are available to rent.

River’s Edge Commons Park

  • Mississippi River
  • Amphitheater
  • Splash Fountain
  • Picnic Gazebo
  • Weddings
  • Riverfront Concerts

Woodland Trails Park (340 Acre Park)

  • Walking
  • Paved Biking Trails
  • Cross Country Sking
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography