Bagley Nature Area

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Bagley Nature Area

Rock Pond

Rock Pond in Bagley Nature Area

Bagley Nature Area is 59 acres of forest, pond, and open area right here on the northwest part of campus. This is a wonderful place for running, cross­-country skiing, walking, or any other quiet outdoor activity with sections of old growth forest and wildlife galore.  The nature area is used extensively for classes related to outdoor and environmental education as well as field sciences.  
Winter Activities
people walking on a path through trees

Hiking The Wood Chipped Trails

Ski trails are groomed for classical style skiing by RSOP.  In general, grooming occurs Monday evenings, Thursday or Friday evenings, and whenever snowfall exceeds 2" from early January through the end of February.  Ski trail conditions can be found at Skinny Ski.

Other Activities
  • Hiking - PDF iconGeneral Trail Map.  Wonderful wood chipped trails as well as the Superior Hiking Trail
  • Bagley Campground - 6 rustic walk in campsites.  Full details.
  • Biking is NOT ALLOWED on the trails.
  • Birding - The diverse forest habitat and Rock Pond make for excellent birding, especially during both spring and fall migration.  The overlook at the top of Rock Hill is an excellent platform for viewing the raptor migration in the fall.  
  • Parking is available in a variety of ways.  Simply put, while school is in session (late Aug. - mid May), parking lots are enforced 8am-5pm.  Meters are available at key access points.  A full map and complete details can be found at Parking Services
The Bagley Classroom

Students in an outdoor classroom at Bagley Nature Center

The Patio In Front Of The Bagley Classroom

  • The Bagley Classroom is NOT available for use by non-University entities, unless partnered with a University department to deliver outdoor, natural resource, environmental, or sustainable education related programming.  Full policy can be found here.
  • University related organizations can submit a request via the Astra Scheduler or emailing
  • This building is an excellent example of green building techniques and technology.  Find all about it here.
Events in the Nature Area
  • If you would like to plan an event in Bagley Nature Area, you will need to work with the Facilities Management Events Office, or 218-726-8865.

Dr. William R. Bagley

Dr. William R. Bagley

The story of the land that is now called Bagley Nature Area is varied and unique.  The area is a conglomeration of donated lands, tax forfeit lands, and purchased lands that form an excellent mosaic of various habitats and stories.  The best place to start discovering the history of the site is to read PDF iconThe Hidden History of Bagley Nature Area by Gina Temple.  

If you like digging through old articles and letters, PDF iconhere is a compilation of some of them that are related to Bagley Nature Area (or the articles may call it "Rock Hill Park", which is Bagley's previous name).

The nature area is named after Dr. William R. Bagley, a prominent physician in Duluth who was also a very important conservationist in the middle part of the 20th century.  He and his family donated approximately 17 acres of the land for recreation and education.