Outdoor Recreation

It’s easy to see why this land of rugged bluffs, quiet valleys, and a rushing trout stream is known as “God’s Country.” Explore today.

Do More Outdoors

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota nestles up into the scenic Mississippi River bluffs just outside of Winona, an area overflowing with outdoor recreation opportunities: hiking, running, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, biking, golfing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. 

Saint Mary's 400+ acre campus provides many outdoors opportunities to our students as well as to the public, including almost 10 miles of trails. We encourage you to take advantage of the recreational activities below.

Competitive Fun

Saint Mary's is pleased to present 18 holes of disc golf through the bluffs surrounding the campus. With narrow fairways and intricate hole placements, the course is challenging for both beginners and experienced disc golfers. The public is invited to use the course any time it is open, seasonally from dawn to dusk, except for during pre-scheduled disc golf events.

Four Seasons of Fun

To the south and east of the beautiful Winona Campus, you’ll find a network of trails that run along the bluffs and into wooded valleys.

In the spring and summer, the trails beckon hikers and explorers. In the fall, students return and the pace of campus quickens, with joggers and the Cardinal cross country team running on one of the most beautiful (and challenging) courses in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. When the snow comes, skiers appear on the white pathways for fun and competition.

For those who love the outdoors, the Saint Mary’s trail system has something for every season. Come and explore them with us.

Check out the Visit Winona website for more information about recreational opportunities offered in Winona.