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.

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#1. The Superior Hiking Trail


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 the Appa…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Two Harbors, MN - Backpacking, Hiking - 175 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Afton State Park


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 Afton…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Afton, MN - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Gooseberry Falls State Park


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 Shore.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Two Harbors, MN - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Crow-Hassan Park Reserve


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 that wind…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Hanover, MN - Hiking - 4.6 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park


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 in one hi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Beaver Bay, MN - Hiking - 4.6 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Whitewater State Park


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 area an…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Saint Charles, MN - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 2.5 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Eagle Mountain - Minnesota Highpoint


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, and…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Lutsen, MN - Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Pow Wow Trail


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Isabella, MN - Backpacking, Hiking - 26 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Snowbank - Old Pines - Kekekabic Trail


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 of…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Winton, MN - Hiking - 27 miles Best Trail in mn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Bunker Hills Regional Park


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 created…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Andover, MN - Hiking - 2.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Minnehaha Falls and Creek


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 the f…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Mendota, MN - Hiking - 2.8 miles
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#12. William O’Brien State Park, Upper Park Trail


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 action…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Marine on Saint Croix, MN - Hiking - 4.6 miles
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#13. Frontenac State Park


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 an op…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Lake City, MN - Hiking - 2.7 miles
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#14. Wild River State Park


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 not to a…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Almelund, MN - Hiking - 5 miles
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#15. Tettegouche State Park


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 lakes…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Silver Bay, MN - Hiking - 9 miles
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#16. Minnehaha Falls


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 lazily…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota"
Minneapolis, MN - Hiking - 3 miles
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#17. Elm Creek Park Reserve - Eastman Nature Center


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 as some…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Osseo, MN - Hiking - 4.5 miles
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#18. Battle Creek


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 at the en…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Maplewood, MN - Hiking - 4.4 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Cascade River State Park


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)"
Lutsen, MN - Hiking - 7.7 miles
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#20. Lake Byllesby Regional Park


Formed as the reservoir behind a dam, Lake Byllesby offers a city park–like atmosphere in the open prairie-and-farm region of southeastern Minnesota. The park has been developed for multiple day-use a…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Cannon Falls, MN - Hiking - 2.2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press