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Minnesota State Parks

The list takes you through some of the beautiful state parks in Minnesota. Most visits involve hiking, especially on the hiking club trails. Parks are listed alphabetically.

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Afton, Minnesota, USA
    Since it was such a beautiful fall day, I conned my parents into joining me for a hike in Afton State Park. We hiked along the old railroad grade parallel to the St. Croix River. From the parking lot you head down a bunch of steps and then the trai…
  2. Average priced "Hostels" in Ortonville, Minnesota, USA
    Big Stone Lake State Park is divided into 2 sections, with the campground located in the southern section (9 miles south of the northern section). The campground is down on the lake and actually flooded this spring. One of the campsites was still u…
  3. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Luverne, Minnesota, USA
    Blue Mounds State Park is named for the nearly 100 foot high cliff of pink Sioux quartzite that appears as a blue mound from a distance. This park covers about 1500 acres of prairie and has a bison herd, rock quarry, interpretive center, rock climbi…
  4. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lynd, Minnesota, USA
    Camden State Park in southwestern Minnesota is a scenic park on the Redwood River with lots of trails for day use. They have 15 miles of hiking trails, 4 miles of mountain biking trails, 10 miles of horse trails, and 5-7 miles of cross country ski a…
  5. Cheap "Hostels" in Lutsen, Minnesota, USA
    Cascade River State Park has a campground with about 40 drive in sites and 5 back pack sites. Most of the sites are reservable (for an additional fee) and can only be reserved online or by phone. A few sites are non-reservable, but it is a gamble i…
  6. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Fairfax, Minnesota, USA
    Fort Ridgely State Park lies up on the bluffs above the Minnesota River and along the Redwood River. Fort Ridgely was a military post that was attacked during the Sioux Uprising in the 1800s and ruins of the stone buildings still remain. The histor…
  7. Average priced "Hostels" in Battle Lake, Minnesota, USA
    Glendalough State Park is located in western Minnesota in an area of glacial lakes. The park has a cart-in campground with 22 cart-in sites, all within 500 feet of the parking lot. The park also has a group campground, 3 canoe-in campsites, and a c…
  8. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA
    This is a popular place for people to stop as they hit the north shore. A little over half an hour outside of Duluth is Gooseberry Falls. You can pull over, rest and stretch yours legs while watching the water cascade down the waterfalls. If you …
  9. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Park Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Julie (pinchora) and I spent the morning at Itasca State Park, home of the headwaters of the Mississippi River. A short walk from the parking lot and you'll find yourself crossing a little bridge over a little stream. That little stream is the Miss…
    This review was featured on Monday August 25th, 2008
  10. Average priced "Hostels" in Carlton, Minnesota, USA
    I have camped at the Jay Cooke State Park Campground twice now. The first time was 2013, when the park was still recovering from the flood of 2012, and again in 2015. The campground is fairly large, with over 80 campsites. There are 21 electric si…
  11. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Currie, Minnesota, USA
    Lake Shetek State Park has some nice walking/hiking trails and is a great place to view the fall colors. The park has a campground, picnic area, walking trails and boat rentals. Loon Island is reached by walking down the causeway connecting the isl…
    This review was featured on Thursday October 23rd, 2008
  12. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Pipestone, Minnesota, USA
    Pipestone National Monument is home to a special rock held sacred by the Native American Indians. This durable, soft, red stone is used to carve pipes traditionally used for ceremonial smoking. The pipestone is found 10-15 feet below the hard, pink…
  13. Average priced "Hostels" in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, USA
    The campground at Red River State Recreation Area was created in a former city neighborhood that flooded during the devastating 1997 Red River Flood. The former neighborhood was between the protective floodwall and the river. Rather than rebuilding,…
  14. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Beaver Bay, Minnesota, USA
    Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is known for its historic lighthouse sitting atop a basalt outcrop overlooking Lake Superior. The lighthouse was built in 1909 after several shipwrecks within a few miles of he Split Rock River. Tours of the lightho…
  15. Cheap "Hostels" in Beaver Bay, Minnesota, USA
    Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has a campground with 20 cart in sites. Each site has a two wheeled cart that you load your gear on and wheel your stuff to the site. Two sites are handicap accessible and located along a level, paved trail. The re…
  16. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Schroeder, Minnesota, USA
    Temperance River is a bit farher north from Silver Bay, so I only made it there once. But it was beautiful. There are hiking trails all over the place, and again, you can connect to the Superior Hiking Trail here. There is a little waterfall - Hid…
  17. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
    Tettegouche State Park is one of the more easily accessible states parks along Highway 61 and the north shore of Lake Superior. The park has a wayside you can pull into and hike the trail out to Shovel Point without an entrance fee. Unless you feel…
  18. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Granite Falls, Minnesota, USA
    Upper Sioux Agency was created in the late 1800s as a means to convert the Sioux Indians to Christianity and educate them as well as teach them agriculture. During the Sioux Uprising, several of the buildings were burned. Stone outlines of several …
  19. Cheap "Hostels" in Williams, Minnesota, USA
    Zippel Bay state park is located in northern Minnesota on Lake of the Woods. The park has 4 campgrounds with 57 sites total, but all are rustic. No electricity, water/sewer hookups, or even flush toilets. They do have a shower building with 3 sho…
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