George H Crosby - Manitou State Park

Finland, Minnesota

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A rugged state park, leading hikers and backpackers to remote trails alongside Manitou River. Crosby-Manitou is one of the most remote and rugged state parks along the North Shore. The park first came into existence when George Crosby, a mining entrepreneur, donated the land with the stipulation that it remain a truly wild place, offering only backpack camping within its boundaries. Following his wishes, today there are twenty-one campsites, most of which are along the rugged river, though several are on the more accessible shores of Benson Lake. The trails leading to the river sites are the most traveled, the most rugged, and the most scenic. The easiest trail is the short loop around Benson Lake where you can also find a picnic table. Special attractions: The cascades of Manitou River, northern hardwood old-growth forest.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A rugged state park, leading hikers and backpackers to remote trails alongside Manitou River. Crosby-Manitou is one of the most remote and rugged state parks along the North Shore. The park first came into existence when George Crosby, a mining entrepreneur, donated the land with the stipulation that it remain a truly wild place, offering only backpack camping within its boundaries.

Following his wishes, today there are twenty-one campsites, most of which are along the rugged river, though several are on the more accessible shores of Benson Lake. The trails leading to the river sites are the most traveled, the most rugged, and the most scenic. The easiest trail is the short loop around Benson Lake where you can also find a picnic table. Special attractions: The cascades of Manitou River, northern hardwood old-growth forest.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Finland
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map; USGS quad: Little Marais.
Driving Directions: Directions to George H. Crosby - Manitou State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2009
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Beautiful area and remote-feel. River is mostly of interest to trout anglers in summer. Campsites on river take some effort to hike to - this is backpack-style, not car camping. Campsites are spaced far enough apart and remote enough that you won't likely hear those near you.



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