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Explore All Parks & Forests
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.
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.
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.
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Wildlife Along the Trail
With so much wilderness, Minnesota’s parks and preserves are home to thriving populations of moose, bears, beavers, deer and many species of birds that are hard to spot anywhere else. Discover more about Minnesota’s wildlife.
The U.S. National Park Service boasts several parks within Minnesota, from the renowned Voyageurs National Park, which is only accessible by boat or snowmobile, to the tumbling waterfalls of Pipestone National Monument.
With the state's vast wilderness, hunting is a popular sport throughout much of the year. Learn about what to hunt (from deer and small game to grouse and waterfowl), and get the details on permitting, seasonality, regulations and more.
From a prairie teeming with bison to the headwaters of the Mississippi, Minnesota’s robust state parks showcase the state's natural wonder with miles of trails, thousands of waterways and acres of untouched wilderness.
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