Lake Maria State Park

Monticello, Minnesota

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Fourteen miles of hiking trails exist in this beautiful wooded forest dotted with marshes and lakes--and it’s all situated in a place where you’d never expect to find such seclusion. The park’s wide, winding trails take you over rolling hills, between marshes and ponds full of wildlife, and end at a campsite of your choice. There are several loops in this park, some of them shared with horseback riders. All trails are easy and the loops fairly short for whole-family enjoyment, but there’s much more to do than hike here. Besides camping, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding, there are annual programs such as maple syrup making, bird hikes, bluebird workshops, and candlelight skiing. Because the park is popular, Lake Maria State Park cabins are booked well ahead of the approaching season, so plan ahead.
Hiking Minnesota

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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

Fourteen miles of hiking trails exist in this beautiful wooded forest dotted with marshes and lakes--and it’s all situated in a place where you’d never expect to find such seclusion. The park’s wide, winding trails take you over rolling hills, between marshes and ponds full of wildlife, and end at a campsite of your choice.

There are several loops in this park, some of them shared with horseback riders. All trails are easy and the loops fairly short for whole-family enjoyment, but there’s much more to do than hike here. Besides camping, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding, there are annual programs such as maple syrup making, bird hikes, bluebird workshops, and candlelight skiing. Because the park is popular, Lake Maria State Park cabins are booked well ahead of the approaching season, so plan ahead.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 4.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: May 1 through November 1
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050 feet
Top Elevation: 1,050 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lake Maria State Park, Monticello, MN; (763) 878-2325; Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296- 6157 or (888) 646-6367 (only in MN); www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks
Local Maps: USGS Silver Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Maria State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

6/22/2007
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This park was a pleasant surprise. It’s fairly small, but very well kept and appears to have nice facilities (we didn’t see all the buildings – but those we did see appeared quite nice). The trails are nicely wooded and have a mixture of narrow and wide winding trails. The only drawback we found was the limited number of trails due to the small area of the state park. Also, there were a number of stagnant ponds that created some great breeding grounds for mosquitoes – so make sure and pack the bug spray.



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