Discover Duluth Redux: Amity Creek Trail, Vol. II & IIIThough it’s now closed off to automobiles, the second half of Seven Bridges Road (Amity Creek Trail) isn’t without its share of traffic. See why the overgrown road is frequented by hikers, cyclists, runners/joggers, horseback riders, photographers and, of course, all of the aforementioned enthusiasts’ canine companions.
By: Matthew R. Perrine, Budgeteer News
Originally published Sept. 10, 2008, on DuluthBudgeteer.com.
Before Seven Bridges Road landed on its current moniker, it was known as Amity Parkway.
But the name wasn’t the only thing that was different: The route was almost twice as long.
Instead of following Skyline Parkway up toward Hawk Ridge, as you would today, visitors of yesteryear turned right after the seventh bridge.
This portion of the road, which brought travelers to Colbyville (near the modern-day intersection of Jean Duluth Road and Glenwood Street), includes two additional stone-arch bridges.
Though it’s now closed off to automobiles — you can probably thank Skyline’s “Superior” views for rendering it obsolete — Amity Creek Trail isn’t without its share of traffic.
The overgrown road is frequented by hikers, cyclists, runners/joggers, horseback riders, photographers and, of course, all of the aforementioned enthusiasts’ canine companions.
Surprisingly, there is little foot traffic off the trail — perhaps because of this stretch’s timid nature.
So, if you’re looking for a peaceful place to relax, Amity Creek Trail is a nice break from the east end’s more-populated nature areas.
“Discover Duluth” is an ongoing photo essay series by Matthew R. Perrine that highlights points of interest in and around the region. For more photos from this set, click on the accompanying photo galleries.