Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, but rivers also play a large part in the state's landscape. The towering bluffs that cradle valleys of prairie and forest and give contour to the southeastern portion of the state line the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minnesota. This region is one of the most beautiful areas of the state and is a prime RV camping spot. A local state park and thousands of acres of nearby state forest are rife with great camping opportunities.
Frontenac State Park
Just 10 miles outside of Red Wing, Frontenac State Park has a commanding view of stunning Lake Pepin. The campground is nestled atop the steep bluffs that overlook the Mississippi River and the lake as it sweeps to the southeast.
The campground is divided into four loops among clusters of oak, maple, basswood and aspen trees. The park has 59 sites for RVs up to 50 feet long.
Hay Creek Valley Campground
Hay Creek Valley Campground enjoys a prime spot along the Cannon River Valley Trail, a paved bike trail that tours a section of southeastern Minnesota. Just five miles from Red Wing, the park is adjacent to the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest, a protected wilderness of more than 2 million acres full of hiking trails and fishing holes. The campground has 150 sites for RVs, 14 of which are open year round.
Hidden Valley Campground
Tubing on the Cannon River, biking through a protected forest and fishing on long summer days are all on tap at Hidden Valley Campground. The RV camping area is only 10 miles northwest of Red Wing. True to its name, Hidden Valley Campground is tucked away in a memorial hardwood forest and can only be reached by turning down three different gravel roads. It is well worth the search, as the peace and quiet here are impeccable. The campground has 200 sites for RVs.
Article Written By Jake Kulju
Jake Kulju is a Minneapolis-based freelance outdoors writer with 10 years' experience. He is an outdoors guidebook author for Avalon Travel and his work is regularly published in "Outdoor Traditions Magazine" and "Naturescape News." His nature-based poetry is published in "Poetry Canada" and "Farmhouse Magazine." Kulju holds an English degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.