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Parks & Forests

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Hiking an elevated portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail / Marcus Schaffer
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Hiking an elevated portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail / Marcus Schaffer

Open Spaces & Wild Places

Untamed natural beauty covers much of the Minnesota landscape. The state has one of the nation's great, diverse state park systems with more than 227,000 acres in 75 parks and recreation areas, and over 5,000 miles of biking trails. Voyageurs National Park is traversable only by water. Minnesota is also home to the Chippewa and Superior national forests, the latter of which includes the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You'll also find many campgrounds and parks at the regional, county and city levels.

Trek into Nature

The state is full of scenic hiking trails, many of them offering breathtaking panoramic views, cascading waterfalls and rich, diverse wildlife. From the state's southern border to its northernmost reaches, discover Minnesota's most impressive hiking.

Explore Hiking
Winter hiking with dogs

Take your pups on a winter hiking adventure / Alyssa Hei

Hiker at Minneopa State Park in Mankato

Hiker at Minneopa State Park in Mankato / Roy Son

Man and dog at Superior Hiking Trail overlook

Sunset on the Superior Hiking Trail / Alyssa Hei

Explore on Two Wheels

Cyclists love exploring Minnesota by bike, whether it’s on a gravel road, paved waterfront trail, wooded mountain bike trail or in the snow on a fat tire bike. If your preferred method of transit is on two wheels, Minnesota is your place.

Explore Biking
Le Grand du Nord gravel bike race Grand Marais

Le Grand du Nord takes riders on a hilly gravel adventure along the North Shore of Lake Superior / Visit Cook County

Winter fat biking Northfield

Fat biking the Sechler Park River Bottoms Trail in Northfield / Anna Min

Taking a rock roll at Piedmont

There's no shortage of rock rolls on the Piedmont trails / Pinkbike

Set up Camp

For the ultimate outdoor adventure, sleep under the stars. There are many ways to camp: Pitch a tent at a remote campsite, rent a rustic cabin or bring a well-appointed RV packed with modern amenities. Discover camping, your style.

Explore Camping
Man with coffee mug at campfire overlooking a lake

Warm coffee by the campfire / Micah Kvidt

Woman stands by her RV with a cup of coffee, basking in the forest scenery

A woman leans against her RV to enjoy a morning cup of coffee while basking in the forest scenery / Andrey Armyagov -

Perros y una mujer en un campamento

Acampar con perros en el Superior National Forest / Alyssa Hei

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