Minnesota is a great place to go hiking. Rich in the sites and sounds of nature, you won't want to miss this hiking hotspot.
Minnesota may be known for it's many rich lakes, but this midwestern State has more than a few prime trails for the avid hiker!
LUCE LINE TRAIL
Maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Luce Line Trail runs 63 miles from the western metro suburb of Plymouth to the small town of Cosmos in west-central Minnesota. A former railroad line, this spot is shared by hikers, bikers and winter X-Country skiers. A variety of path bedding makes this a perfect trek for all skill levels, with multiple access points.
PAUL BUNYUN STATE TRAIL
This is a 100-mile area located between the Brainerd /Baxter area and Bemidji in the northwest corner of Minnesota. More than 53 miles of this trail is hard paved, and wheelchair and handicap accessible. A nice jaunt for the whole family, the Paul Bunyun State Trail is rich in history and provides a look back into Minnesota's logging roots. If you're going with a group of mixed hikers, you don't want to miss this one! It'll challenge the best and cater to the rest.
DOUGLAS LINE STATE TRAIL
The Douglas Line State Trail is 12.5 miles long and gives the Minnesota tourist a fantastic view of some of the richest agricultural land in all of Minnesota. This is a multi-use trail with two separate tracks: one is shared by hikers, bikers and skaters and the other traveled by snowmobiles and horses. There are three parking lots and access entry points. Don't forget your camera!
TACONITE STATE TRAIL
This amazing find stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely, Minnesota. The first six miles (Vermillion, MN) are paved and open to hikers and bikers alike. After that, you're on your own. The natural path surface is easy to walk, but long for the out of shapers. This cruise will take you through State Forests and Parks and past much wildlife. Beginners should stick to the first few miles. Hardcore hikers will love the challenge of the unpaved, natural trek after that.
THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL
Don't ignore the name here. It says a lot. This beauty was put together by a group of Minnesota visionaries in the mid 80's. It's a long distance footpath modeled after the Appalachian Trail that follows the shore of Lake Superior northeastern Minnesota. Eighteen inch tread ways will lead you along the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior. Rocks, cliffs, forest walk-thru's and lots of water make this a must-stop for anyone serious about hiking. Camping spots along the trail route give you a reason to pack more and stay longer!
THE MUNGER TRAIL
Duluth MN Visitors Bureau
The Munger Trail is 69 miles long, stretching from Duluth, MN south to Hinckley. This recycled railroad follows the route of the historic Lake Superior and Mississippi, which first connected Duluth, Minnesota, and the State Capitol, St. Paul. Bikers, hikers and skaters share this spot, though the areas that remain unpaved are traveled most by hikers only. Multiple access points and short loops are here, too, so you don't have to make a weekend out of it, if you don't want to.
BUFFALO RIVER TRAIL
This is a beginner's trail with great scenery, but not a lot of challenge. Several small trails loop together and form a single 5-mile trek around the Buffalo River. This is a good trail for those with small children or slow walkers.
HARMONY PRESTON VALLEY STATE TRAIL
Located in southeastern Minnesota, this is an 18-mile walk that passes valleys, waterways and loads of wildlife. You'll want to tote your camera around to remember this site. The easy access entry point for Harmony Preston is in Preston, MN, though there are many other points of interest. Challenges abound for both the seasoned hikers and the beginners donning boots for the first time.
CROSBY-MANITOU STATE PARK
This State Park has several different trails primed for hiking. Just two hours north of Duluth, MN, this is a nice location for hikers of all skill levels. Camping and overnight visits are available with a Park Pass.
CASCADE RIVER STATE PARK
Located in Lutsen, Minnesota, this area is known for it's great winter skiing. As you can imagine, it provides the same challenge for rough and tumble hikers, who aren't afraid to get a little dirty on the climb. Bring your pack and stay the night or choose from several different day trip trails. This is a gorgeous area, well worth a look!