Minnesota, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., is primarily comprised of gently rolling plains, while the northern part of the state is rugged.
During the Ice Age, the state was covered entirely by glaciers, which left behind a hilly, rocky landscape dotted with thousands of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Minnesota.
These ten point-to-point treks pack the payoffs of a thru-hike, but they're hikeable in a week.
Forest meets prairie meets river in this northern haven.
You don't always need to go far to go big. Case in point: these stunning hikes, all within a day trip of a major metropolitan area.
Sample the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail on this overnight past Oberg Mountain and Lake Agnes. Fall bonus: Northern Lights. BY KATHLEEN FERRARO
Go where paddlers can't on this overnight loop through Boundary Waters. BY JASON DRURY
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