Take the Path Less Traveled.
Hiking is one of the best ways to take in the fall colors and the beautiful landscapes that Minnesota offers. Minnesota has tens of thousands of miles of trails, and is the nationwide leader in trail recreation. Each trail traverses diverse scenery and varies in level of difficulty and terrain.
From Grand Portage State Park on the northeast tip of Minnesota to Blue Mounds State Park in the southwestern prairie, you will find excellent hiking and a rainbow of colorful fall foliage.
While you're out and about, do your part to stop the spread of invasive species with these tips from PlayCleanGo.
It’s always worth visiting the North Shore, but in September and October, the region transforms into a truly magical destination that practically insists on becoming your annual vacation spot.
Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness activity that translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing,” was developed in the 1980s to help relieve stress and improve physical and mental health. Minnesota offers forest bathers endless opportunities to reset and experience healing in nature.
One of the most peaceful, immersive ways to experience Minnesota's fall color show is paddling a canoe between the densely wooded banks of the St. Croix River. Much of the 164-mile river forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and it was one of only eight waterways originally designated as a "National Wild and Scenic River" by the federal government in 1968. It's also widely considered one of the best canoeing rivers in the nation.
Explore the world-renowned Boundary Waters by boat and the Superior Hiking Trail by foot.
There's not much room for debate: Fall hiking is simply the best. Moderate temperatures, infrequent rain, no mosquitoes and lighter crowds are added bonuses to the breathtaking landscapes bursting with fall color—nature’s buffet enticing hikers to push forth and feast upon the next spectacular view.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created the Mobile Recreation Compass to allow outdoor enthusiasts to see where there are in relation to Minnesota’s 5.5 million acres of state and federal public lands, as well as nearly 3,000 public boat launches and canoe routes.
Looking for a hike that offers scenic views, some challenging trails, colorful wildflowers, and...maybe...even a place to fly a model airplane? Then check out Spring Lake Park, a few miles west of Hastings.
As home to America’s fittest city according to FitBit, Minnesota offers countless trails all over the state to get your steps in and log some extra miles. Better yet, many of Minnesota’s paved trails pass by scenic landscapes, glistening lakes and iconic landmarks that make the miles feel like less of a workout and more of an adventure. So the next time you want to add some memorable steps to your Minnesota vacation, look no further than these scenic trails.
Hike up a thirst on the trail and head to the nearest dog-friendly brewery patio for some food, fun and Minnesota craft beer!
The North Country National Scenic Trail traverses seven states, from New York to North Dakota.
Take sightseeing to new heights with a hike in southeast Minnesota bluff country.
For one of the most challenging and rewarding hikes in Minnesota, scale Eagle Mountain, the state’s highest point.