Looking for a true wilderness experience in Minnesota? Then head to the North Shore to George Crosby Manitou State Park. This remote state park offers scenic waterfall trails, secluded campsites, and trout fishing.
One of the prettiest and quietest places to hike in Minnesota, Lake Louise State Park offers trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Lake Louise is also perfect for paddling, canoeing, and kayaking.
At only 118 acres, Franz Jevne State Park is the smallest state park in Minnesota. This state park is also one of the most scenic in Minnesota as it sits on the banks of Rainy River and across from Ontario, Canada. Perfect for solitude, hiking, fishing, camping, and more.
Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park is one of the best Minnesota state parks because of its diversity; beautiful wooded trails, limestone bluffs, a pre-Civil War cemetery, historic village, trout streams, underground cave tours, and more.
Flandrau State Park, set in the charming German community of New Ulm, MN, offers scenic overlooks and trails through the woods and grasslands and along a goat prairie and the Cottonwood River. Additionally, Flandrau State Park offers a sandy-bottom swimming pond.
One of the closest state parks to the Twin Cities, William O’Brien State Park in Marine of St. Croix is a perfect day trip from Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. Hike under 100-year-old pine trees, next to the St. Croix River and wetlands, through prairies, oak savanna, and hardwood forests. Other highlights include a huge beaver lodge and a small lake with a sandy beach and fishing pier.
A local’s guide to the fourth-oldest state park in rural Minnesota: Fort Ridgley State Park. The top things to do at this former military fort on the frontier include hiking and horse trails, trout fishing, camping, and more.
Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul offers easy, scenic hiking trails, and is located within the Twin Cities, MN metro area. Here you can hike to the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. And it’s one of the best state parks for history buffs – with the area dating back 10,000 years.