5 Things To Do Outside This Spring

Clean up your clubs, dust off your bike, and organize your tackle box! You’ll have a front-row seat to the wild outdoor color switch from brown to green in Staples, MN. It’s time to get back outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Whether you are a first-time visitor, in town for a short time, or a long-time resident looking for inspiration, here are five great activities in Staples to do this spring:

Hike and Bike

The Legacy Trail provides miles of paved trails for walking, jogging, and biking. The trail runs from Legacy Gardens in the north all the way down past the overpass for Highway 10. It winds through and past beautiful open areas and mature, tall evergreens. Shorter walking routes can be found on our Staples Trail Map.

Bicyclists can take advantage of two repair stations in Staples, if necessary. One is located at the Staples Community Center (corner of 3rd Ave and 4th St) and one is along the Legacy Trail at the corner of Summit and Airport Road.

For a more rustic approach to hiking, head to Pine Grove Park or Dower Lake Recreation Area for nature trails in and around scenic wooded areas. There are plenty of activities available at both parks so plan to spend the day. Hike, picnic, playground, frisbee golf, and repeat!

Step back into time at Old Wadena Park. This beautiful environmental park offers walking trails, a footbridge across Leaf River, and a unique Bogwalk. The Bogwalk stretches fully from one side of the bog to the other. Stop and learn about the wetlands animals and plant life at learning stations positioned throughout the Bogwalk.


The Vintage at Staples is a Joel Goldstrand designed 18-hole public golf course. Located along the Crow Wing River on County Rd 30, The Vintage offers natural scenic views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Ask staff for tips and tricks for playing your best round. Golf with friends, a league, or your family. All play levels are welcome – including families!


Boat, no boat – no problem! Fish the longest pier in MN (the pier is 612’ long!), take your boat out on Dower Lake, or fish the Crow Wing river in a kayak or canoe.

Fishermen can try for a variety of fish calling Dower Lake home: northern pike, crappie, bass, bluegill, and walleye. Fry ‘em up or release your catch until the next time. It’s up to you!

Purchase fishing gear and bait from Staples True Value and Staples Ace Hardware. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from Staples True Value starting Memorial Day weekend 2019.

Living Legacy Gardens

This public 10-acre garden is the perfect spot to relax. Meander through the many plant beds as you enjoy nature’s beauty. Bring a picnic and allow nature to fill your senses.

Managed by Central Lakes College, Living Legacy Gardens offers a wide variety of zone 3 hardy plantings including both sun-loving and shade-thriving annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Enjoy the small waterfall between two small ponds with fish, a peaceful courtyard, the butterfly house, and an herb garden. Track the progress of the children’s gardens from sprouting to harvesting.

From the gardens, take a walk around the adjacent native prairie trail and orchard. A picnic shelter and parking are available.

Lumberbats Baseball

Hometown favorites, the Staples’ Lumberbats, typically start swinging in May each year. The ‘Bats are amateur baseball at its finest. Come cheer on our hometown hitters.

The Lumberbats play all home games during their spring and summer season at Pine Grove Field. Admission to all games is simply a free will donation during the game. Of course, concessions are available for those who enjoy some popcorn and peanuts with their game!

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