Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota is home to 66 state parks, all of which are open to leashed dogs. Some of the states best hiking trails can be found in these state parks. So get your leash, purchase a state park pass, and get ready to explore the wide variety of Minnesota’s premier trails. 

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We are working hard towards our goal of visiting all of the Minnesota State Parks. As we complete blog posts for each park, you will see the correlating state park name underlined. This means you can click on the link to find out all you need to know about visiting that state park with your dogs. 

  • Afton State Park
  • Banning State Park
  • Bear Head Lake State Park
  • Beaver Creek Valley State Park
  • Big Stone Lake State Park
  • Big Mounds State Park
  • Buffalo River State Park
  • Camden State Park
  • Carley State Park
  • Cascade River State Park
  • Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
  • Crow Wing State Park
  • Father Hennepin State Park
  • Flandrau State Park
  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Fort Ridgely State Park
  • Fort Snelling State Park
  • Franz Jevne State Park
  • Frotenac State Park
  • George H. Crosby Manitou State Park
  • Glacial Lakes State Park
  • Glendalough State Park
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • Grand Portage State Park
  • Great River Bluffs State Park
  • Hayes Lake State Park
  • Hill Annex Mine State Park
  • Interstate State Park
  • Itasca State Park
  • Jay Cooke State Park
  • John A. Latsch State Park
  • Judge C.R. Magney State Park
  • Kilen Woods State Park
  • Lac qui Parle State Park
  • Lake Bemidji State Park
  • Lake Bronson State Park
  • Lake Carlos State Park
  • Lake Louise State Park
  • Lake Maria State Park
  • Lake Shetek State Park
  • Lake Vermillion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park
  • Maplewood State Park
  • McCarthy Beach State Park
  • Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
  • Minneopa State Park
  • Monson Lake State Park
  • Moose Lake State Park
  • Myre-Big Island State Park
  • Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
  • Old Mill State Park
  • Rice Lake State Park
  • St. Croix State Park
  • Sakatah Lake State Park
  • Savanna Portage State Park
  • Scenic State Park
  • Schoolcraft State Park
  • Sibley State Park
  • Split Rock Creek State Park
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
  • Temperance River State Park
  • Tettegouche State Park
  • Upper Sioux Agency State Park
  • Whitewater State Park
  • Wild River State Park
  • William O’Brien State Park
  • Zippel Bay State Park

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Find trails in La Crosse, WI or the Twin Cities area of MN.

Or leave the Midwest all-together and explore the United State’s National Parks with us.

  • Less than an hour from the Twin Cities, is a beautiful Minnesota State Park along the St. Croix River. William O’Brien State Park is one of our favorite state parks for year round enjoyment. This might have something to do with the fact that it is also the closest state park to our new home.

  • Winter in Minnesota can be long and brutal. But true Minnesotans know how to make the best of the cold. One way to make the most of the winter, is to search out experiences that are unique to the season. And hiking to frozen waterfalls is a great way to find the beauty amidst the

  • Banning State Park is located just minutes off of I-35 near Sandstone, MN. This state park is stretched along the Kettle River, offering dramatic views of turbulent rapids. In fact, there are five sets of rapids, ranging from Class III to V, located inside this state park. Some of the hiking trails parallel this river,

  • When a dog-loving, avid hiker moves to a new city, the first thing she has to do is find the local hiking trails. Every city has a great hiking trail within an hours drive, but the ones you really have to search for are the trails within 20 minutes of your house. The ones that

  • This past weekend, the intrepid dog and I are struck out on our first attempt at an overnight backpacking trip. We were joined by two good friends (one human and one canine). Although there were both significant pros and cons encountered on this 24 hour adventure, overall I would say that the experience was a

  • La Crosse is a beautiful river city nestled between the Mississippi River and some lovely bluffland in Wisconsin. As a result of the varied terrain, there are many wonderful outdoor areas to explore with a dog in tow. Below are my top five trail recommendations for hiking La Crosse, WI. 1. Hixon Forest Hixon Forest

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