Minnesota - Outdoor Activities

Minnesota has approximately 1,480 trails, including 504 hiking trails and 358 for campgrounds. These trails range from 0 to 394 miles in length. The most popular trails are The Superior Hiking Trail, Minnehaha Falls and Afton State Park. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Minnesota was Dan S. who completed Gateway and Browns Creek State Trails.

  • The Superior Hiking TrailView Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Two Harbors, MN

    •  14 to 18 days
    •  175 miles
    •  Guide

    According to Backpacker magazine, Minnesota’s Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) ranks as one of the 10 best hiking trails in the country and one of ...

  • Bloomington Ferry TrailView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Bloomington, MN

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1.25 to 1.75 hours.
    •  13.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Long, challenging singletrack ride next to the river. Well-maintained trail that tests your handling skills and offers some of the best scenery ...

  • Lilydale Regional Park Brickyard TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Cherokee Regional Park, MN

    •  0.9 miles

    Lilydale Regional Park Brickyard Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ramsey County and Dakota County, Minnesota. It is within Cherokee ...

  • Cascade River State ParkView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Lutsen, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  7.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Between Grand Marais and Lutsen. A rugged loop around Cascade River visiting the namesake cascades, high overlooks, and riverside cedar forests. ...

  • Snowbank - Old Pines - Kekekabic TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Winton, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  27 miles
    •  Guide

    Long, multi-day hike going from the rolling Kekekabic Trail to the rugged trail over Disappointment Mountain and back along the northern shore ...

  • Gooseberry Falls State ParkView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Two Harbors, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful hike from the agate beach at the mouth of Gooseberry River, along its shores, and to the popular waterfalls. Gooseberry Falls is ...

  • Wild River State ParkView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Almelund, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The trails go from a large meadow to a lowland forest on broad terraces alongside the river, featuring an Interpretive center and wildflowers ...

  • Gateway TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Saint Paul, MN

    • Road Biking  
    •  16.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Gateway Trail is an old railroad right-of-way that the state converted into a recreation trail several years ago. It begins minutes from ...

  • Split Rock Lighthouse State ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Beaver Bay, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike up the Split Rock River, one of the state’s most scenic, offers a water-carved gorge, a rigorous walk, waterfalls and rapids, quiet ...

  • Cannon Valley TrailView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    River Terrace Prairie SNA, MN

    •  14.9 miles

    Cannon Valley Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Red Wing, Minnesota. It is within River Terrace Prairie SNA. It is 14.9 miles long and begins ...

  • Avon LoopView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Avon, MN

    • Road Biking  
    •  22.7 miles
    •  Guide

    As one of the largest outstate towns in Minnesota, St. Cloud sits on the Mississippi amid scenic countryside 75 miles from the Twin Cities. The ...

  • Itasca State ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Park Rapids, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    North of Park Rapids. A rolling trail that goes by many small lakes, all the while under some of the biggest pines in the state. Special attractions: ...

  • Lake Maria State ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Monticello, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Just a few miles west of Monticello. A hilly hike through the big Woods, complete with marshes and forest ponds. Special attractions: Bird watching ...

  • Afton State ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Afton, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Hike from the shore of the Saint Croix River up a densely wooded ravine to the bluff tops, for prairies and overlooks of the river valley. The ...

  • Barn BluffView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Red Wing, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5–2.5 hours
    •  1.75 miles
    •  Guide

    “The most beautiful prospect that the imagination can form.” That’s how 18th-century explorer Jonathan Carver described the view from Barn Bluff. ...

  • Tettegouche State ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Silver Bay, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    A rugged full day of hiking among the alpine-like lakes and their surrounding hills, with overlooks of the park lakes and Lake Superior. More ...

  • Dakota Rail Regional TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    MN

    •  20.6 miles

    Dakota Rail Regional Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Hennepin County and Carver County, Minnesota. It is 20.6 miles long and begins at ...

  • Lanesboro to Fountain LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Lanesboro, MN

    • Road Biking  
    •  20.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Lanesboro, the origin of this ride, sits snugly between bluffs along the Root River, in one of the only areas populated by Amish in Minnesota. ...

  • Split Rock Lighthouse State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Duluth, MN

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1 hour
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail is very similar to Ride 48. The shoreline here is spectacular and makes it difficult to keep your eyes on the trail. There are plenty ...

  • Angleworm Lake TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Ely, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking on high ridges that border a long narrow lake, featuring scenic overlooks on high bedrock ridges and big red and white pine old-growth ...

  • Bunker Hills Regional ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Andover, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This part of Anoka County is made up of sandy soil—so sandy that early attempts at farming failed. The county’s Parks and Recreation Department ...

  • Carlos Avery TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Wyoming, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  3.5–4.5 hours
    •  8.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The 23,000 acres of the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area offer some of the best wetlands viewing of birds and other wildlife close ...

  • Baker Park ReserveView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Orono, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  2–2.5 hours
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Like other parks past the western edge of the Twin Cities metro area, Baker Park Reserve’s 2,700 acres lie atop the Des Moines ground moraine—a ...

  • Nerstrand Big Woods State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Northfield, MN

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is home to one of the last remnants of Big Woods and the federally endangered, rare, endemic Minnesota dwarf trout ...

  • Whitewater State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Saint Charles, MN

    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Eroded white clay along the banks of the Whitewater River causes its water to appear milky white in the spring. This white water impressed the ...

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