Visitors who come to Lake Maria State Park will enjoy one of the few remaining stands of the "Big Woods," a maple, oak and basswood forest that once covered part of southern Minnesota. The park is perfect for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers who enjoy the challenge of the rolling terrain. Take a stroll on the boardwalk which winds through a marsh. Backpack sites, located on remote lakes and ponds throughout the park, are one to two miles from the trailhead parking. New log camper cabins, located near lakes and ponds, provide bunk beds for six people and a table and benches for campers who want more of the creature comforts. Lake Maria State Park is home to the Blandings turtle, easily identified by bright yellow spots on its shell. It is one of Minnesota's threatened species.

Fairly easy trail and well maintained. Didn't see much wildlife, but the views on a few of the hilltops were pretty great! We missed the peak leaves by about a week or so or I may have rated the trail a little higher. I'll be back in the winter months to try out the remote cabins we passed.

birding
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

nice trails for a stroll in the woods. They have small cabins you can rent rather neat .

lightly trafficked. didn't see any horses but had to dodge their duties.

backpacking
Monday, October 24, 2016

My husband and I brought our two dogs and we all loved it!!

trail running
Friday, June 10, 2016

My dog loved this trail he gives it 5 stars, I give it 4 because i had to clean him off. Very muddy but worth it.

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2016

this park has been my haven since I was a little girl..very primative, very quiet and always peaceful...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday, November 15, 2015

trail running
Saturday, October 04, 2014

hiking
Sunday, September 28, 2014

hiking
Friday, July 25, 2014

Very fun trail! Unpaved. Take bug spray in July!!!

hiking
Sunday, February 10, 2013

hiking
Sunday, June 03, 2012

hiking
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Real easy trail, great place for camping too. Have wonderful trails that are in good condition.