Best Hiking in Minnesota

This list represents the most popular hiking in Minnesota. Use this list to plan your next Minnesota hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 The Superior Hiking Trail

    10 Reviews

    Two Harbors, MN

    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 the top 10 in the world—placing it in league with ...
    •  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 ...

  • #2 Gooseberry Falls State Park

    4 Reviews

    Two Harbors, MN

    A beautiful hike from the agate beach at the mouth of Gooseberry River, along its shores, and to the popular waterfalls. Gooseberry Falls is one of the most popular attractions along the North ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • #3 Afton State Park

    4 Reviews

    Afton, MN

    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 hike: The nearby town of Afton, and for that matter ...
    •  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 ...

  • #4 Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

    1 Reviews

    Hanover, MN

    Crow-Hassan Park offers a full range of natural amenities, from expansive, rolling prairielike grasslands above the river valley to pockets of oaks and other hardwoods scattered along trails ...
    •  1.5–2 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Crow-Hassan Park offers a full range of natural amenities, from expansive, rolling prairielike grasslands above the river ...

  • #5 Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

    3 Reviews

    Beaver Bay, MN

    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 woods, and a marvelous view of Lake Superior--all ...
    •  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 ...

  • #6 Cascade River State Park

    5 Reviews

    Lutsen, MN

    Between Grand Marais and Lutsen. A rugged loop around Cascade River visiting the namesake cascades, high overlooks, and riverside cedar forests. Special attractions: Waterfall and cascades, overlooks ...
    •  7.7 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • #7 Whitewater State Park

    2 Reviews

    Saint Charles, MN

    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 Dakota Indians, who were the first to inhabit the ...
    •  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 ...

  • #8 Eagle Mountain - Minnesota Highpoint

    2 Reviews

    Lutsen, MN

    Highpoint rank by height: 37th. Note that there are at least two Eagle Mountains in Minnesota. One is located in Sawtooth Mountain Park at Lutsen, MN, and features a chairlift ride to the summit, ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 37th. Note that there are at least two Eagle Mountains in Minnesota. One is located in Sawtooth ...

  • #9 Pow Wow Trail

    3 Reviews

    Isabella, MN

    A long multi-day wilderness hike to remote rocky lakes. Hiking here is like going back in time to the stone age—at least that is the feeling I got hiking among the harsh bedrock lakes with intriguing ...
    •  2 days
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    A long multi-day wilderness hike to remote rocky lakes. Hiking here is like going back in time to the stone age—at least ...

  • #10 Snowbank - Old Pines - Kekekabic Trail

    5 Reviews

    Winton, MN

    Long, multi-day hike going from the rolling Kekekabic Trail to the rugged trail over Disappointment Mountain and back along the northern shore of Snowbank Lake. This hike is actually a combination ...
    •  27 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • #11 Bunker Hills Regional Park

    2 Reviews

    Andover, MN

    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 created Bunker Hills in 1963 and since then has ...
    •  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 ...

  • #12 Frontenac State Park

    2 Reviews

    Lake City, MN

    Frontenac State Park encompasses 2,230 beautiful acres that include the 450-foot bluff overlooking Lake Pepin, a widening of the Mississippi. Called Point-No-Point, the 3-mile-long bluff creates ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Frontenac State Park encompasses 2,230 beautiful acres that include the 450-foot bluff overlooking Lake Pepin, a widening ...

  • #13 William O’Brien State Park, Upper Park Trail

    1 Reviews

    Marine on Saint Croix, MN

    This hike begins at the interpretive center and is aptly named the Upper Park Trail. Geologically speaking, the St. Croix valley was cut by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. Remnants of that ...
    •  2–3 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike begins at the interpretive center and is aptly named the Upper Park Trail. Geologically speaking, the St. Croix ...

  • #14 Tettegouche State Park

    3 Reviews

    Silver Bay, MN

    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 than a dozen overlooks of Lake Superior and interior ...
    •  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 ...

  • #15 Minnehaha Falls

    2 Reviews

    Minneapolis, MN

    Driving into Minneapolis, you’d never guess that a valuable gem lies hidden deep within the city’s maze of freeways and city streets. Unscathed by surrounding development, Minnehaha Creek winds ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Driving into Minneapolis, you’d never guess that a valuable gem lies hidden deep within the city’s maze of freeways and city ...

  • #16 Minnehaha Falls and Creek

    0 Reviews

    Mendota, MN

    I doubt there is a natural landmark in Minneapolis more popular than Minnehaha Falls. It’s always at the top of the list for first-time visitors. Prior to taking any hike along the creek below ...
    •  1.5–2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    I doubt there is a natural landmark in Minneapolis more popular than Minnehaha Falls. It’s always at the top of the list ...

  • #17 Wild River State Park

    4 Reviews

    Almelund, MN

    The trails go from a large meadow to a lowland forest on broad terraces alongside the river, featuring an Interpretive center and wildflowers in the forest and the prairie. Wild River refers ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • #18 Elm Creek Park Reserve - Eastman Nature Center

    2 Reviews

    Osseo, MN

    A hike along creeks, by marshes, and through some big woods. Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest park in the regional park system at 5,300 acres, though it does not seem to be as appreciated ...
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike along creeks, by marshes, and through some big woods. Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest park in the regional park ...

  • #19 Battle Creek

    0 Reviews

    Maplewood, MN

    There are three distinct units to Battle Creek Park. The northern unit is made up of a picnic area, playgrounds, and other amenities centered on a small lake; the western unit is a trailhead ...
    •  1.5–2 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    There are three distinct units to Battle Creek Park. The northern unit is made up of a picnic area, playgrounds, and other ...

  • #20 Angleworm Lake Trail

    2 Reviews

    Ely, MN

    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 forests. The loop around Angleworm Lake has everything ...
    •  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 ...