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 Great River Bluffs State Park in southern Minnesota to the Superior Hiking Trail along the North Shore of Lake Superior, you will find excellent hiking and a rainbow of colorful fall foliage.
So go take a hike in Minnesota this fall! Create new memories while hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. While you're out and about, do your part to stop the spread of invasive species with these tips from PlayCleanGo.
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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.
Here's a sampler of routes for viewing a rainbow of colorful fall foliage in Minnesota.