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Bailey School Forest Trail

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 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Short run through Bailey Forest with a mix of trails.


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1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

92%

Runnable

1,016' 310 m

High

918' 280 m

Low

114' 35 m

Up

113' 34 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors

Open 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset

Overview

The Newport Bailey Park serves as a unique function for the City of Newport. It is both a City park where residents can enjoy a relaxing run on well maintained trails, as well as an officially designated school forest that serves as an environmental learning park for the students in the South Washington County School District.

Environmental education continues to be an important component of the education curriculum. As such, the school forest provides a unique "wall-less" classroom where kids have hands-on opportunities to interact with nature. In 13 years, more than 30,000 South Washington County students have visited and participated in activities in the school forest.

The Newport Bailey School Forest continues to see improvements for the park. The City of Newport has provided a parking area for visitors, paved running trails in the open area to provide handicapped access for students and residents, and access control to restrict ATV and OHV activity.

Need to Know

Information about the park from the city of Newport can be found here:
ci.newport.mn.us/parks_bail…

Information about the learning stations that are location throughout the park can be found here:
ci.newport.mn.us/documents/…

Runner Notes

Mix of paved, mowed, and singletrack trail.

Description

The trailhead starts at the main Bailey School Forest Park parking lot. There are typically trashcans and a portable restroom available. The first part of the run is on paved trails. This goes by the main pavilion. The trail breaks away from the paved path to the left into the woods on a mown trail.

If you'd like you can extend your route by following the paved trail up to the water tower. From there, run south under the electrical towers to rejoin the main loop. The trail transitions down the singletrack near this location. From here you have a hilly 1/2 mile though the woods and ferns with occasional trailer markers to follow and informational signs to read.

You'll end this section at the south side of the park and take a left onto the mown trail. Follow this rolling section east until you reach the parking lot/ trailhead.

History & Background

The 80 acre parkland was orgininally donated to Newport by Gordon Bailey Sr. to be used as a passive-use park for the residents of Newport. The park was approved and designated as a school forest by the City of Newport and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1998. The area of the School Forest originally served in part as an out-planting area for Bailey Nurseries. It is mainly forest (e.g. aspen, oak, cherry, basswood) with a smaller, but significant remnant of oak savanna where species of cedar, juniper, spruce, fir, and ash were planted or seeded into the area.

Contacts

Land Manager: City Of Newport

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Bailey School Forest Rules
Sep 24, 2020 near Newport, MN
Bailey Park Welcome Sign
Sep 24, 2020 near Newport, MN
Michael J. Phillips Outdoor Learning Facility information
Sep 24, 2020 near Newport, MN

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