Purgatory Creek Recreation Area
Description: Eden Prairie has recently (as of 2005) built a trail just west of Eden Prairie Center. It surrounds a wetland area on either side of Purgatory Creek.
Getting there: Take Highway 5 west from 494 in Eden Prairie. Exit at Prairie Center Drive, the first exit after 494, and then turn right (south) at the stoplight. You will see the Purgatory Creek Recreation Area pavilion and trailhead on the right, at the south intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive.
Length: The main loop around the wetland area is about 2.5 miles. On the south end of the trail, there is a spur following Purgatory Creek to Staring Lake, about 0.6 mile. There is also a spur going west along Technology Drive for about 0.6 mile.
Other nearby trails: There is a trail around Staring Lake, but this trail is in very bad condition and not skateable. It is in bad need of being rebuilt. If this trail is ever rebuilt, this would make an excellent addition to the loop.