Best state parks in Minnesota

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Explore the most popular state parks in Minnesota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best state parks (65)
#1 - Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota
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Gooseberry Falls State Park features more than just waterfalls: here you can enjoy Lake Superior shoreline, Gooseberry River, old log and stone structures, a lava flow, and a river gorge. Come any season, as there is hiking and skiing available.Show more
#2 - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Minnesota
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The historic Split Rock Lighthouse is the highlight of this park, as it is one of the most photographed and well-known lighthouses in the U.S. Sitting on Lake Superior, the park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, camping, fishing, and numerous other sports are available for those looking to get outdoors.Show more
#3 - Tettegouche State Park
Minnesota
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Features of this park you don't want to miss: views at Shovel Point, cliffs, waterfalls, the Baptism River, and historic Tettegouche Camp. Trek to lakes only reachable by foot and soak in the views of the Sawtooth Mountains along the way. This park is also great for birding and rock climbing, among other four-season activities.Show more
#4 - Whitewater State Park
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Located in the southeast of Minnesota, Whitewater State Park features a variety of hiking trails, a swimming beach, camping, and winter sports. And don't forget about the fishing! The spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek both feature excellent trout fishing. Show more
#5 - Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Minnesota
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Situated in far northeastern Minnesota, Judge. C.R. Magney State Park is a nature oasis. Visitors to the park will find incredible waterfalls, wildlife, walking trails, and a well-maintained campground. Fishermen enjoy trout fishing in the beautiful Brule River.Show more
#6 - Fort Snelling State Park
Minnesota
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Fort Snelling State Park is locate in the heart of the Twin Cities, where the Mississippi river and the Minnesota River meet. The parks has a wide trail system that you can use to hike, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski in the winter. You can also canoe, fish, or swim on Snelling Lake. $7 daypass permit per carShow more
#7 - Afton State Park
Minnesota
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Afton State Park is located in the St. Croix River Valley, surrounded by woods and prairies. It was created in 1969 to protected its territory. Among the many activity you can enjoy in the park are hiking, backpack camping, fishing, swimming and cross-country skiing in the winter. $7 entrance fee per carShow more
#8 - Temperance River State Park
Minnesota
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Waterfalls, forest, a river, and Lake Superior make this park a treat to visit. Winter or summer, there is much to explore: hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, and more.Show more
#9 - Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
Minnesota
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This park can be enjoyed any time of year. Plan your trip for the spring, when you can catch blooming wildflowers; summer when you can swim and enjoy Hidden Falls; fall when you can feast your eyes on the beautiful fall foliage; or winter, when you can enjoy snow activities like skiing or snowmobiling in the forest for which the park is known for.Show more
#10 - Interstate State Park
Minnesota
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Situated northeast of Minneapolis along the St. Croix River, Interstate State Park offers river access, camping, fishing, rock climbing, and walking paths. Visitors to this park can also view glacial potholes. Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash.Show more
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