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A couple hiking in the Superior National Forest, Duluth / Rendulich Photography

Roam the Home of Mother Nature

Minnesota is Mother Nature's home state, and her influence is everywhere, from native prairies in the southwestern corner of the state to the mountainous, 300-mile Superior Hiking Trail in the northeast corner of the state. Whether you're casually hiking the award-winning urban trails in Minneapolis-St. Paul or making your way to one of the state's wondrous waterfalls, you will be following in her footsteps and surrounded by her beauty.

Woman hiking at Afton State Park in the fall

Fall hiking at Afton State Park, southeast of St. Paul on the St. Croix River / Paul Vincent

Best Fall Hikes

As the weather cools and the trees explode in a breathtaking array of colors, you know fall has arrived in Minnesota. Whether you’re journeying along the North Shore of Lake Superior or the Mississippi River, these are some of the most stunning places to catch the fall foliage. 

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Hiker in Kensington Runestone Park in Fall

A hiker takes in the scenic fall colors at Kensington Runestone Park / James Feist courtesy Explore Alexandria Tourism

10 #OnlyinMN Hikes

Hike at destinations across the state and you'll experience a kaleidoscope of nature, from Great Plains prairies to orchid-choked bogs. Use our guide of 10 #OnlyinMN hikes to get a taste of the wild beauty you'll find when trekking across the North Star State.

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Father and daughter at Minneopa State Park Mankato

Father and daughter at Minneopa State Park in Mankato / Jim Henderson

Wondrous Waterfalls

Waterfalls are truly one of nature’s most magical marvels, and when winter gives way to spring, Minnesota’s waterfalls come to life. These are just a few of the state’s most iconic cascades.

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Girls at Barn Bluff overlook in Red Wing

Barn Bluff overlook in Red Wing is your ticket to an unforgettable view of the city and the Mississippi River / Manda Baldwin

Hiking to New Heights

Known as the “driftless region," Minnesota’s Bluff Country is untouched by glacial drift and erosion, resulting in deep valleys and steep, rocky walls. Here you’ll find some of the most stunning vistas and picturesque views in the state.

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Man and dog at Gooseberry Falls State Park

Bring your pup on the dog-friendly hiking trails at Gooseberry Falls State Park on the North Shore / Micah Kvidt

Tails & Trails

One of the best ways to explore Minnesota’s iconic trails is with your pup panting by your side. After you’ve both worked up a thirst and appetite, stop by the nearest dog-friendly brewery for some local snacks and suds.

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