The Treetop Trail offers a fresh perspective.
The Minnesota Zoo’s much-anticipated Treetop Trail is set to open this summer, providing visitors with a new perspective of its animal exhibits. At 1.25 miles long, the trail will be the world’s largest elevated pedestrian loop, allowing zoo patrons the opportunity to walk among the tree tops and enjoy views of some of the zoo’s undeveloped natural areas.
The trail was designed as a way to make use of the infrastructure surrounding the zoo’s old monorail, which closed in 2013. “It’s a major repurposing project,” says Zach Nugent, communications and media relations manager for the Minnesota Zoo. “We are so excited to have it right here in Minnesota.”
Once construction is finished, the trail will be accessible to walkers, strollers and wheelchairs. “The goal is to connect people with nature,” Nugent says. “Through this trail, people of all abilities will really be able to connect to the world.”