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.

hiking
3 days ago

Especially pretty in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.

The wildlife you see along the way is exciting! I saw several woodpeckers, a dozen deer including two baby, and a bunch of wild turkeys. Only encountered a few people on my walk. It is peaceful and feels like your up north.

Great for snowshoeing

Great trail for biking, running, and walking. In the winter it’s plowed from YMCA to Weagel Park (1.75 miles from Y). From Y to the edge of Rapidan is 6 miles. Beautiful trail and paved the whole way.

hiking
14 days ago

WOODTICKS!!!!!!!! This trail was beautiful, but I pulled close to 50 woodticks/deerticks from myself and my dog after this hike. We stayed on the trail, I wore appropriate clothing, and we still got covered! Beware!

Great day hiking. Trails are icy. You need ice cleats.

hiking
21 days ago

Great fairly easy trail along the river.

walking
1 month ago

Easy and nice loop around pike island. Hiking shoes a must right now as it’s pretty muddy and slick in areas. Enjoyed getting out today and excited for spring. Easy parking as well. Make sure to get vehicle day or annual pass and have it out on dash.

Metal cleats made the hike an awesome day

Nice, easy trail. We seen a lot of wildlife. The turkeys were in the tree's. We also seen eagles and deer.

Beautiful early spring hike

Easy walk, very cool to see the confluence of the rivers. Great bird watching, too.

Incredible hike but I wouldn't classify it as easy, definitely more in the moderate range. Lots of hills and climbs, very rocky paths. Our kids had no issues and we all enjoyed it, but it was definitely an adventure. Amazing scenery and nature.

Sweet waterfalls, lots of stairs! Worth the hike

Beautiful fall colors. Some of the trail was also part of the North Country Trail.

Great any time of year. MicroSpikes can be a big help in certain spots in winter.

Fun, quick, scenic

Love this place! Had a great time with my kid here. Be a responsible parent and watch your children. There are some dangerous places a child could end up if not supervised. Well kept trails, and very beautiful scenery. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful place tucked back in some acres. The trails are nice, expect to see horses. Also, expect to overstep horse manure. There is a nice pavilion to host party's, weddings, etc. Also there is some neat history on the trails, and a graveyard you can hike a steep hill to. Plenty of camp space, and many local areas also to stay.

Love this place for hiking. Unfortunately, people don't realize how beautiful their parks are, or never visit them.

There is a trail there. That's about it.

hiking
2 months ago

I would come back! Campers very friendly, camp site is watched. Didn't see any animals or birds during our hiking. I love the woods.

These trails are gorgeous but most of these trails are only for mountain biking. If you want to hike here, for your own saftey, check the trail maps.

We went snowshoeing (you can also hike or cc ski) through the Ogantz trail in Jay Cooke state park. Most of the trail went along the river with some beautiful overlooks while the last of the loop went through the rolling woods. Trail varied from easy to moderate.

The bridge is out indefinitely while the SHTA raises funds to build a new bridge. This is still true as of December 2017. Check for updates on shta.org.

I love this hike! It is a beautiful place. one does need to be careful for slippery rocks in places. I grew up hiking here when I was younger and just visited again this year.

Hiked this last week, it was great. Saw 12 deer and 20 turkeys. the whole loop is closer to 5 miles according to my Fitbit.

4 months ago

Loved this trail. It offered many different types of scenery and reward you with wonderful views after a great workout.

Relaxing and beautiful, the creek follows the trails in the valley.

trail running
4 months ago

I love the proximity to the city and the different looping options on this trail! I often see wildlife in the less-travelled “interior” segments.

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