trees at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

One of the best state parks to explore in Minnesota, Crow Wing State Park offers a historical village site, hiking, rivers, camping, nature, and more. You’ll find some significant Native American history in this state park near Brainerd, Minnesota as well.  

One of my fellow Minnesota enthusiasts, Julie, who I met through my Twitter travel group lives near Brainerd. We were so excited to do a meet-up where she gave us a personal tour of Crow Wing State Park. Happy to share what my husband and I learned while exploring Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota.

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Top 10 things to do at Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd, MN

Tree and river at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

If you love nature, Native American, early settler and frontier history, then you’ll love exploring Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd, Minnesota. Here are the top 10 things to do at one of Minnesota’s best state parks.

Here are the top 10 things to do at Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd, MN.

  1. Explore the historic frontier site of the mid-1800s Old Crow Wing village.
  2. Find the historic Red River Oxcart Trail where ox carts traveled during the pioneer days.
  3. Learn about more historic sites such as the Battle of 1768 between the Dakota and Ojibwe.
  4. Take in scenic views of the confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers.
  5. Enjoy more views of the Mississippi River from the Chippewa Lookout.
  6. Canoe on the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers.
  7. Hike 18 miles of trails along prairie grasses, pines, and hardwood forests. An all-terrain electric powered track chair available to reserve to explore trails unsuitable for wheelchairs.
  8. Bike or hike a portion of the Paul Bunyan State Trail that connects the 115-mile trail between Crow Wing State Park and Lake Bemidji State Park.
  9. Go camping at Crow Wing State Park – including a seasonal cabin rental.
  10. Watch for wildlife such as deer, muskrat, eagles, coyotes, fox, and birds.

Top historical things to do at Crow Wing State Park: Explore Old Crow Wing frontier town site

Clement H. Beaulieu Mansion at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

You can still find remnants and cellar depressions of the ghost town of Old Crow Wing. Once an active 1800s frontier town with 630+ buildings, Old Crow Wing is an historic district named on the National Register of Historic Places. This area was home to a route known as the Woods Trail and the Oxcart River Crossing that forded the Mississippi River. As a result, the village of Crow Wing provided many supplies. Lots of traders with cultural diversity set up shop here including Ojibwe, French Canadian, and Americans.

One of the highlights at Crow Wing State Park is the original pioneer home of traders Clement and Elizabeth Beaulieu. While you cannot enter the home, you can check out the exterior. The Clement H. Beaulieu Mansion, built in 1849, is the oldest standing structure in Minnesota north of the Twin Cities. While the home was dismantled and moved elsewhere, it found its way back to its original roots. Historic research and archaeological excavations verified the original location of the home.

Unfortunately, the town of Old Crow Wing died away when the promised railroad was established elsewhere. James J. Hill, the railroad magnate, bypassed Crow Wing and built it in nearby Brainerd instead. See related story: Behind the scenes of James J. Hill House – St Paul’s own Downton Abbey.

Another event set forth the demise of Old Crow Wing. The U.S. government resettled the Ojibwe to the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota in 1868.

Find the pioneer-era Woods Trail and Red River Oxcart River Crossing

Historical sign at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

As mentioned above, the Woods Trail offered a safe portage across the Mississippi River. A Red River ox cart first blazed this river crossing in the mid-1800s. This site is another Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places at Crow Wing State Park. You’ll find signage for the trail and crossing near the replica boardwalk in the Old Crow Wing area. This 1/3-mile self-guided tour along Main Street provides a historical lesson of this ghost town.

You’ll learn that the Red River trade route began in the 1830s. Primarily developed for trade, the Red River Oxcart trails also carried soldiers, gold miners, hunters, settlers and others. You can find more details at the Red River Trail kiosk near the Crow River State Park picnic shelter.

Another top historic site at Crow Wing State Park: Battle of 1768 between the Dakota and Ojibwe

Historical site at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

Much of the known history of the Battle of 1768 comes from the oral history of the Ojibwe and recorded by historian Willian Warren. You can read more in his book, History of the Ojibway People (many spellings and pronunciations of Ojibwe exist).

Here’s what I learned from one of Crow Wing State Park’s interpretative signs.

A Dakota war party attacked an Ojibwe village and kidnapped the women while the men were away. The Ojibwe men knew the Dakota navigated the rivers by canoe and ended up near the confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi riverbanks. After two days of battle, the Ojibwe rescued the women and retained the territory.

You’ll find depressions in the ground at Crow State Park. Some historians believe these are the remains of trenches that the Ojibwe warriors fired from during the Battle of 1768. However, some believe they could be from former cabins, trading stations or pits from road and trail construction. Regardless, they are still a part of Crow Wing State Park’s rich history.

Burial plot cemetery at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

Other historical sites at Crow Wing State Park include:

  • Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran missions from the 1850s
  • A pioneer burial plot and cemetery
  • Sioux Camp marker – prior to 1768 ambush
  • Replica boardwalk with interpretative signage about Old Crow Wing

Take in scenic views of the confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers

Confluence of Crow River and Mississippi River at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

Confluence means the coming together of two bodies of water. The confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers is also the coming together of bodies of people for hundreds and possibly thousands of years.

And this waterway was advantageous for fur traders and loggers.

Fun fact about the Mississippi River: The Ojibwe (aka Chippewa) named the Mississippi River. Missi means great or large. And (s)sippi means river (in the Algonkian dialect spoken by the Ojibwe).

Debate continues about the name origin for Crow Wing. But agree it comes from the island formed by where the river splits, which is the shape of a wing. Early French translations indicate they called the island Crow Wing.

Enjoy more views of the Mississippi River from historic Chippewa Lookout

Chippewa Lookout bench at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

The historic Chippewa Lookout at Crow Wing State Park offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River. We visited in April when trees were just starting to bud. I would love to return in the fall especially. The Mississippi River transported logs from pine forests near Crow Wing to lumber mills downstream back in the day.

Another fun fact about the Mississippi River: Many are surprised to learn the Mississippi River begins in Minnesota. In fact, its headwaters are located in another Minnesota state park: Itasca State Park.

See my related post: Top things to do at Itasca State Park – including walking across the shallow headwaters of the Mississippi River. Itasca State Park is located about 100 miles northwest of Crow Wing State Park.

Canoe on the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers

If you feel like paddling, you’ll enjoy canoeing on the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers at Crow Wing State Park. You’ll find a boat landing with trailer access near the Chippewa Lookout.

Hike 18 miles of trails at Crow Wing State Park

Hiking trail at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

Crow Wing State Park offers 18 miles of scenic hiking trails along the Mississippi River, prairie grasses, pines, and hardwood forests. All are fairly easy and flat trails with some uneven terrain.

Speaking of terrain. An all-terrain electric powered track chair is available to reserve to explore trails unsuitable for wheelchairs. Crow Wing State Park is one of a few state parks to offer this service.

While Crow Wing State Park is a nature’s paradise, ticks, mosquitoes, and poison ivy are notorious here. So stick close to the trails to avoid these nuisances. I forgot to spray with picaridin the day I hiked at Crow Wing State Park. Even though I was covered head to toe in early spring, one tick hitchhiked home with me.

In the winter, you can also hike ungroomed trails or snowshoe anywhere in the park.

Bike the Paul Bunyan State Trail at Crow Wing State Park

In addition to the hiking trails, you can hike or bike 6.2 miles on a paved bike trail. This bike trail is part of 115-mile trail that connects Crow Wing State Park and Lake Bemidji State Park. In the winter, this trail opens up for snowmobiles.

Camp at Crow Wing State Park

Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd, Minnesota offers several camping experiences. Good to know:

  • 59 wooded drive-in shaded sites (must be able to back in)
  • 12 electric sites
  • 2 wheelchair-accessible sites
  • 1 rustic camper cabin available to reserve seasonally
  • RV length limit is 45 feet (from front of tow vehicle to rear of towed vehicle)
  • Campground season is typically late spring through late October or early November

A different sort of camp neighbors Crow Wing State Park. If you hear loud booms or see low-flying helicopters or planes, they’re most likely from Camp Ripley Military Reservation. This is a restricted area and not open to the public. Not to worry. Crow Wing State Park covers more than 3,000 acres so you’ll still feel like you’re away from it all.

Watch for wildlife

With Crow Wing State Park set along two rivers and acres of woods, you’ll see lots of wildlife. Look for deer, muskrat, eagles, coyotes, fox, and songbirds – and an occasional black bear is also possible.

Frequently asked questions about Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd, Minnesota

Historical sign at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

Where is Crow Wing State Park located? What is the address for Crow Wing State Park?

Crow Wing State Park is located at 3124 State Park Road, Brainerd, MN 56401.

When is Crow Wing State Park open?

Although Crow Wing State Park is open year-round, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., services are limited in winter. But you can still snow hike, snowshoe, and snowmobile at Crow Wing State Park.

Is Crow Wing State Park free? How much is the admission fee at Crow Wing State Park?

Like all Minnesota state parks, Crow Wing State Park costs $7 per vehicle per day ($5 per motorcycle). That includes unlimited visits to all Minnesota state parks on the same day. I highly recommend an annual pass, which gives you entrance to all Minnesota state parks. See the Minnesota DNR website for more information. And it’s highly recommended to pay online ahead of time. Minnesota state parks are no longer accepting cash self-payment envelopes on site.

Admission to every Minnesota state park is free for all Minnesota state tribal members.

You can also visit Crow Wing State Park on any of the four free state park days in Minnesota. See my related post for this year’s free state park days.

Does Crow Wing State Park have a lake, river, or waterfall?

Yes. You’ll find the confluence of Crow Wing River and the Mississippi River at Crow Wing State Park.

Can you fish at Crow Wing State Park?

Yes. You can fish in both the Crow Wing River and the Mississippi River at Crow Wing State Park. Fish off the riverbanks or boat access is available.

Does Crow Wing State Park have a swimming beach?

No. Crow Wing State Park does not have a swimming beach. Since rivers are unpredictable, it’s recommended that you do not swim in Crow Wing River or the Mississippi River

Can you boat at Crow Wing State Park? Does Crow Wing State Park offer a boat ramp with trailer access?

Yes. You can paddle or canoe at Crow Wing State Park and offers a boat landing with boat and trailer access. It’s located near the Chippewa Lookout.

How big is Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota?

Crow Wing State Park offers 3,119 acres.

Is Crow Wing State Park buggy? Mosquitos? Ticks?

Yes, yes, and yes. While we didn’t experience mosquitoes when we hiked in April, I did come away with one tick. However, I neglected to spray with picaridin. I did hike in nearby Charles A. Lindbergh State Park in the summer. And the mosquitos were fierce. They even bit me through my hiking leggings where I failed to spray. I now spray my entire clothing as well as exposed skin.

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How long and how difficult are the hiking trails at Crow Wing State Park?

Crow Wing State Park offers about 18 miles of scenic and easy hiking trails. They may be uneven in parts, but we definitely didn’t find them challenging. You can also hike or snowshoe at Crow Wing State Park on ungroomed trails in the winter.

Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing trails at Crow Wing State Park?

Yes. Crow Wing State Park offers ungroomed snowshoeing anywhere in the park.

Are hiking poles needed on the trails at Crow Wing State Park?

No. You will not need your hiking poles at Crow Wing State Park. The trails are fairly flat and easy.

What are the best views at Crow Wing State Park?

Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota - river view

The best scenic views at Crow Wing are at Chippewa Falls as well as the Battle of 1768 site and anywhere along the Mississippi River. I also loved the trails under the pines.

Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota - trees

Are there bike trails at Crow Wing State Park?

Yes. In addition to the hiking trails, you can hike or bike 6.2 miles on a paved bike trail. This bike trail is part of 115-mile trail that connects Crow Wing State Park and Lake Bemidji State Park. In the winter, this trail opens up for snowmobiles.

Does Crow Wing State Park have a visitor center? Modern restrooms?

Yes. Crow Wing State Park offers a park office.

Crow Wing State Park offers modern restrooms with flush toilets and showers seasonally in the campgrounds. Vault toilets are available year-round.

Is Crow Wing State Park dog-friendly?

Yes, leashed dogs and pets are welcome at Crow Wing State Park. All Minnesota state parks welcome dogs except inside buildings (with the exception of service dogs). Leashes must be six feet or less.

Are there bears at Crow Wing State Park?

Bears typically aren’t seen at Crow Wing State Park. However, I recall reading about a black bear hibernating at Crow Wing State Park a few years ago. And she gave birth to two cubs.

Can you camp at Crow Wing State Park?

Yes, you can camp at Crow Wing State Park seasonally – typically spring through fall. Crow Wing State Park offers:

  • 59 wooded drive-in shaded sites (must be able to back in)
  • 12 electric sites
  • 2 wheelchair-accessible sites
  • 1 rustic camper cabin available to reserve seasonally
  • RV length limit is 45 feet (from front of tow vehicle to rear of towed vehicle)
  • Campground season is typically late spring through late October or early November

Is firewood available at Crow Wing State Park?

Yes. You can purchase firewood at the park office when open. Or buy certified safe-to-move firewood from a gas station.

Why can’t you bring in your own firewood? To protect Minnesota trees, you can only burn certified wood on MN DNR land. Collection is not allowed in state parks and you may not bring firewood from home. This helps prevent spreading harmful insects and diseases.

How far is Crow Wing State Park from the Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul (MSP) airport?

Crow Wing State Park is 134 miles northwest of the Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP) International Airport.

What’s nearby Crow Wing State Park? Things to do near Crow Wing State Park?

Paul Bunyan statue at welcome center near Brainerd at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota

As a hockey mom for 12 years, I spent many winter weekends in Brainerd, Minnesota. And in the summer, watersports attract many to the Brainerd Lakes Area. You’ll find shops, restaurants, attractions like Paul Bunyan Land and This Old Farm Pioneer Village, waterparks, ziplines, and more in this charming town. Here are a few other cool things to do in the area.

  • Nearby Brainerd offers three waterparks including attached hotel resorts.
  • Brainerd is known as the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox. Take a photo with Paul Bunyan at the nearby Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center. It’s located right outside Crow Wing State Park.   
  • Paul Bunyan Land, a popular amusement park, is located 19 miles from Crow Wing State Park.
  • Enjoy the Shafer Lake Day-Use Area
  • Go camping at Rock Lake Campground and explore the Rock Lake Day-Use Area.
  • Hike at Pillsbury State Forest, which also includes the Walter E. Stark Assembly Area and Horse Campground.
  • Another historic state park, Charles A. Lindbergh State Park in Little Falls, Minn. is only 25 miles south of Crow Wing State Park. Learn how to hike all 66 Minnesota state parks in a year.
  • The popular Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area is 25 miles northeast of Crow Wing State Park. This area is known for its mountain and fat bike trails, trout fishing, canoeing…and even scuba diving.
  • Two additional state parks in Minnesota are near Crow Wing State Park. The historic Mille Lacs – Kathio State Park is 37 miles away. This is where you can climb one of Minnesota’s 100-ft. fire towers (open seasonally). Father Hennepin State Park on one of Minnesota’s largest lakes – Mille Lacs – is just an additional 15 miles from Mille Lacs – Kathio State Park.

When was Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota established?

Pioneer house at Crow Lake State Park in Minnesota

Crow Wing State Park was established in 1959 to preserve the historic Old Crow Wing frontier town and historic Oxcart River Crossing. Pictured is the oldest house in Minnesota north of the Twin Cities.

How did Crow Wing State Park get its name?

It’s believed that Crow Wing River and State Park got its name from the island that’s in the park. Shaped like a wing, this island was formed by the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers.

Does Crow Wing State Park host deer hunts? Is Crow Wing State Park closed during deer season?

Yes. Crow Wing State Park does host deer hunts and is typically limited to the public for a few days during deer season.

For a complete list of which Minnesota state parks are closed or limited to the public during deer season, see my post: Hiker safety: MN state parks that host deer hunts.

Hiking safety tip during deer season: Wear bright orange when hiking during deer season. I typically avoid hiking even when the state park is partially open to non-hunters.

A list of the best Minnesota state parks

Crow River State Park in Minnesota - river

All Minnesota state parks are the best in my opinion. You can read reviews of each one to create your own list of top-ranked Minnesota state parks: Take the Minnesota state park challenge

  • Afton State Park | Hastings, MN (26 miles)
  • Banning State Park | Sandstone, MN (97 miles)
  • Bear Head Lake State Park | Ely, MN (240 miles)
  • Beaver Creek Valley State Park | Caledonia, MN (148 miles)
  • Big Stone Lake State Park | Ortonville, MN (186 miles)
  • Blue Mounds State Park | Luverne, MN (208 miles)
  • Buffalo River State Park | Glyndon, MN (240 miles)
  • Camden State Park | Lynd, MN (161 miles)
  • Carley State Park | Plainview, MN (88 miles)
  • Cascade River State Park | Lutsen, MN (257 miles)
  • Charles A. Lindbergh State Park | Little Falls, MN (112 miles)
  • Crow Wing State Park | Brainerd, MN (134 miles)
  • Father Hennepin State Park | Isle, MN (113 miles)
  • Flandrau State Park | New Ulm, MN (93 miles)
  • Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park | Preston, MN (115 miles)
  • Fort Ridgely State Park | Fairfax, MN (99 miles)
  • Fort Snelling State Park | Bloomington / St. Paul, MN (2 miles)
  • Franz Jevne State Park | Birchdale, MN (336 miles)
  • Frontenac State Park | Frontenac, MN (62 miles)
  • George H. Crosby Manitou State Park | Finland, MN (231 miles)
  • Glacial Lakes State Park | Starbuck, MN (156 miles)
  • Glendalough State Park | Battle Lake, MN (194 miles)
  • Gooseberry Falls | Two Harbors, MN (197 miles)
  • Grand Portage State Park | Grand Portage, MN (308 miles)
  • Great River Bluffs State Park | Winona, MN (136 miles)
  • Hayes Lake State Park | Roseau, MN (343 miles)
  • Hill Annex Mine State Park | Calumet, MN (197 miles)
  • Interstate State Park / Taylors Falls State Park | Taylors Falls, MN (56 miles)
  • Itasca State Park | Park Rapids, MN (219 miles)
  • Jay Cooke State Park | Thomson, MN (146 miles)
  • John A. Latsch State Park | Winona, MN (99 miles)
  • Judge C.R. Magney State Park | Grand Marais, MN (282 miles)
  • Kilen Woods State Park | Lakefield, MN (153 miles)
  • Lac qui Parle State Park | Watson, MN (141 miles)
  • Lake Bemidji State Park | Bemidji, MN (230 miles)
  • Lake Bronson State Park | Karlstad, MN (409 miles)
  • Lake Carlos State Park | Alexandria, MN (152 miles)
  • Lake Louise State Park | Le Roy, MN (113 miles)
  • Lake Maria State Park | Monticello, MN (60 miles)
  • Lake Shetek State Park | Currie, MN (168 miles)
  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park | Soudan, MN (229 miles)
  • McCarthy Beach State Park | Side Lake, MN (227 miles)
  • Maplewood State Park | Pelican Rapids, MN (217 miles)
  • Mille Lacs Kathio State Park | Onamia, MN (108 miles)
  • Minneopa State Park | Mankato, MN (82 miles)
  • Monson Lake State Park | Sunburg, MN (141 miles)
  • Moose Lake State Park | Moose Lake, MN (116 miles)
  • Myre-Big Island State Park | Albert Lea, MN (93 miles)
  • Nerstrand Big Woods State Park | Nerstrand, MN (52 miles)
  • Old Mill State Park | Argyle, MN (350 miles)
  • Rice Lake State Park | Owatonna, MN (70 miles)
  • St. Croix State Park | Hinckley, MN (105 miles)
  • Sakatah Lake State Park | Waterville, MN (60 miles)
  • Savanna Portage State Park | Northeast Aitkin, MN (149 miles)
  • Scenic State Park | Bigfork, MN (232 miles)
  • Schoolcraft State Park | Deer River, MN (198 miles)
  • Sibley State Park | New London, MN (128 miles)
  • Split Rock Creek State Park | Jasper, MN (202 miles)
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park | Two Harbors, MN (204 miles)
  • Temperance River State Park | Schroeder, MN (239 miles)
  • Tettegouche State Park | Silver Bay, MN (217 miles)
  • Upper Sioux Agency State Park | Granite Falls, MN (122 miles)
  • Whitewater State Park | Altura, MN (99 miles)
  • Wild River State Park | Center City, MN (58 miles)
  • William O’Brien State Park | Scandia / Marine on the St. Croix, MN (43 miles)
  • Zippel Bay State Park | Williams, MN (345 miles)

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Top things to do at Crow Wing State Park

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32 comments

  1. Minnesota is one state I’ve yet to visit. I can’t believe how much there is to see and do. Definitely looks like a great state for the outdoorsy person.

    1. I hope you get the opportunity to visit and hike Minnesota. We definitely offer some beautiful hiking trails and things to do at our state parks for the outdoorsy person.

  2. Wooah it is mad to think such a pretty area of wilderness used to have so many people living in it! I guess it just shows nature really can take over once us humans leave!

    I love the look of the trails – as always you show us the best bits of Minnesota.

    1. I know! It’s very secluded so was surprised to learn it was a bustling community back in the day. So much history at Crow Wing State Park.

  3. What a detailed guide. Never heard of this place, and it’s surely a gem. Amazing pictures!

  4. I loved to read about Crow Wing State Park and learn there was both a historic village site and some outdoor beauty to explore. The views along the Mississippi River are lovely. We would definitely plan to bring bikes.

    1. I didn’t even get a chance to see the Paul Bunyan bike trail at Crow Wing State Park. Next time! But loved all the history.

  5. So much to do at this park! I love all your tips for camping and hiking. Sounds like the parks pass is a no brainer for people who live nearby.

    1. I highly recommend getting the Minnesota state park pass. It’s awesome to explore places like Crow Wing State Park.

  6. I love historic places like these at Crow Wing State Park! The hiking trails also look beautiful.

  7. I’m impressed by how much history is embodied at this park. I would like to see these sites and perhaps do a bit of biking on the portion of the Paul Bunyan State Trail in the park.

    1. So much history at Crow Wing State Park in Minnesota. And love that the Paul Bunyan bike trail connects two beautiful state parks.

  8. There’s so much to do! I love hiking but I love all the history at Crow Wing State Park. It’s also a brilliant idea to have special chairs so people in wheelchairs can explore the park. All parks should have them.

    1. I agree! A few Minnesota state parks offer the all-terrain track chairs so it’s awesome those with limited mobility can enjoy Crow Wing State Park.

  9. Thank you for introducing me to the Crow wing state park in Minnesota. I love the fact that there is so much history about this place and at the same time, there are hiking opportunities and scenic views too. I would love to check it out when I am passing through here next. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I hope you get the opportunity to visit Minnesota. Crow Wing State Park offers so much history and beautiful nature.

  10. Love there are historic things to do at Crow Wing State Park. The kayaking looks very peaceful too.

    1. I loved learning about all the history at Crow Wing State Park. And the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers makes it perfect for kayaking.

  11. Wow! There is so much to do at Crow Wing State Park. We have not visited any of the fantastic Minnesota State Parks and will place this on our list to visit.

    1. I hope you get the opportunity to visit Minnesota state parks. Crow Wing State Park offers a lot of history and hiking.

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