The Minnesota State Park system is an affordable way to hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski all that Minnesota has to offer. Ecosystems range from prairie to dense forest to wetland. If you plan on staying overnight, you can choose to stay at a variety of sites from camper cabins to primitive campsites, but make sure you book well in advance during the summer.
Camper cabins are single-room shelters that sometimes include electricity. Each cabin sleeps up to six people. Camper cabins have bunk beds with mattresses, a table with benches and a fenced-in porch. Cabins do not have plumbing but are located near seasonal bathrooms. Cooking and pets are not allowed inside.
There are more than 5,000 Minnesota State Park campsites. Popular destinations, such as those around Lake Superior, fill up months in advance, so reserve early. There are campsites that allow horses, some with hot showers, and rustic campsites that are only accessible to backpackers and canoes. Rates depend on which amenities are included.
Guesthouses and Cabins
For those looking for a log cabin experience, Wild River, St. Croix, Bear Head Lake and Fort Ridgley and some others have guesthouses log homes and cabins available. Guesthouses are great for family gatherings as they accommodate 12 to 15 people. They have more amenities than the camper cabins, including fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms. Log homes generally have two to three bedrooms and bathrooms and heat. You would need to bring your own linens.
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