Snowshoe through the Northwoods on this winter overnight to a shelter along the St. Croix River. BY KOREY PETERSON
By Joseph Friedrichs
This 3.5-mile circuit explores a lakeside community of marshlands, meadows, and spotted forests rich in wildlife and intimate picnic spots.
Spot bald eagles from the overlooks along this rarely crowded 5.2-mile stretch of the North Country Trail in northern Wisconsin’s Marengo Semi-Primitive Area. The route also makes a great snowshoe hike.
Airy ledges offer splendid views of Lake Superior and the northern backwoods on this 18.6-mile stretch from County Road 6 to Silver Bay.
This easy 3-mile loop in Willow River State Park is spiked with cool sights and sounds: rolling bluffs, loud waterfalls, and beautiful lakeshore views.
Tag the highest peak in Minnesota on this 6.6-mile hike, which courses under a coniferous forest and past a glacial lake with nice backcountry campsites.
Paddle past wooded islands while perfecting your loon call on this 13.6-mile weekend trip across four lakes to an isolated campsite.
Go 4.8 miles past the scuff marks and rocky scraps of an ancient glacier that left its long-lasting signature in western Wisconsin.
Sheltered camps with bugling moose. Coves with ancient rock art. A raging waterfall. You’ll find even the portages delightful as you paddle this 38-mile, 3-day route through Minnesota’s million-acre water park into Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park.
Hike along the headwaters of the Mississippi River, where old-growth pines, loons, and a long lake add punch to this mellow 7.8-miler in Itasca State Park.
A convenient city escape along the St. Croix River, this easy 4-mile hike in Wild River State Park skirts healthy wetlands with prime waterfowl viewing.
Catch the light rail to this loop to see the confluence of two rivers and circle a lush island in the heart of the Twin Cities.
This 4.1-mile dayhike tours countless cascades and tags a wooded hill with swell views of Lake Superior.
Hike past rushing creeks, numerous overlooks, and verdant hills on the Superior Hiking Trail, then bike back on the Munger Trail on this 14.4-mile loop near Duluth.
Stroll shady trails and see geologic wonders on this 2.6-mile hike along the St. Croix River.
Scramble around beaver dams, trek through timber wolf territory, and ford countless creeks on this 30.1-mile loop that skirts 15 backcountry lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Take in big views of Lake Superior and Sawmill Valley on this 28.3-mile, two-day hike.
This 10.6-mile out-and-back in Apostle Island National Lakeshore boasts sandy beaches, sandstone cliffs, and bluff-top views of the Mawikwe Bay sea caves.
Trek Minnesota’s bottomlands to an old stone farmstead on this 4.5-miler.
Tour old quarry country and the hardwood forests of Banning State Park on this 7.2-mile lollipop loop that passes a waterfall payoff–twice!
From bluffs to beaches to a bluebird trail, this 3.5-mile lollipop loop samples Afton State Park and the shores of the federally-designated wild and scenic St. Croix River.
Restorations-in-progress add an educational twist to this easy, 2.6-mile hike outside of Minneapolis in Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum.
Hike or bike this 2.9-mile sampler of St. Paul’s Bruce Vento Regional Trail. Easy access paths are perfect for families and for sampling the city’s recent restoration efforts.
This 10-mile loop overlaps with the North Country Trail and visits a thundering falls along the St. Louis River.
Glide through back-to-back lakes on this classic, 35-mile North Country paddling trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Paddle a novice-friendly route on the state’s third largest lake.
Wander through maple-birch-pine forest with pace-slowing views of the world’s largest freshwater lake.
Leave your canoe and hike through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in Minnesota, your legs will appreciate the exercise on the Sioux-Hustler Loop.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
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