The hiking path at the Minnesota Valley State Recreation area winds through woods and prairie, yielding close-up looks at birds, butterflies, dragonflies, plus an assortment of hardwood trees and healthy clumps of sumac, dogwood, and cattails.
A lot of Minnesota outdoors exploring involves day hiking. And the smartest way to enjoy day hikes is by provisioning a small hiking day pack with whatever you might need to make your hike more comfortable and safe.
The charming old town of Grand Marais, with its many unique Minnesota characteristics, makes a great base for exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior, the Gunflint Trail, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Winchell Trail along the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis is the oldest hiking trail in the Minneapolis Park System. It parallels the West River Parkway, but is a much more pleasant walk. And it gets you down all the way to the river bank.
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