If you’re looking for a beautiful hike in lush forests with spectacular water views of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River from scenic bluffs, then head to Frontenac State Park. A perfect day trip from the Twin Cities or Rochester, Minn.
Visit Minnesota’s oldest and second-largest state park, Itasca State Park, where you can wade across the Mississippi River headwaters, hike and bike for miles, climb a 100-ft. fire tower and much more. Part of my Minnesota State Park Staycation Challenge series.
A travel blogger and day hiker visited all 66 Minnesota state parks and shares reviews, FAQs, and top things to do. Take the Minnesota State Challenge and explore the Land of 10,000 Lakes, acres of forests, miles of hiking trails, stunning waterfalls, campgrounds, and more. Originally posted June 11, 2020. Updated June 10, 2023.