Guide to scenic Beaver Creek Valley State Park in MN

Beaver Creek Valley State Park in Caledonia, Minn. offers easy to moderate hikes for spectacular views of trees, streams, valleys, and bluffs. And is located in a geological area known as the Blufflands Landscape Region and Driftless Area (meaning that it was untouched by most recent glaciers). When the glaciers melted, however, the torrential water created beautiful ravines, gorges, and valleys.

Minnesota state parks staycation challenge series: Top things to do at Frontenac State Park

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.

Top things to do at Itasca State Park: Minnesota State Park Challenge

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.

List of the best Minnesota state parks with reviews

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.