Duluth Parks: An Outdoor Tradition

This documentary celebrates the city’s longstanding love affair with the outdoors in a one-hour documentary film that explores the city's parklands through the stories of people passionate about building and preserving them.

Make your way with us through a city of thousands of acres of open space, dozens of parks, trails and streams, on the shore of the world’s biggest freshwater lake.

It’s no wonder Duluth was named the nation’s best outside town!

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Examples from the Documentary

Skyline Parkway

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The glacier made natural shoreline along the developing city of Duluth was the ideal outline for the early park system. Forefathers created access to a panoramic view with a winding roadway and bridges across the streams and rivers that feed into Lake Superior.

Waterfront / Park Point

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In more modern times citizens wanted better access to the lakeshore for respite and recreation.
City planning and advancement produced a lakewalk and enhanced park spaces while maintaining lakefront beaches and picturesque views.


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From simple park paths to high adventure biking trails, miles and miles of easy access trails wend through the city. Trail systems in Duluth have attracted users from across the country and beyond.

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