My Personal Minnesota State Park Challenge

In 2017 I set a goal to hike in all the hikable Minnesota State Parks. There are 67 of the 76 total Minnesota State Park and Recreation Areas. Doing this has given me new perspectives on the state, challenged me physically and mentally and given me inspiration to try new trails as often as I can.

Along the way I collect the park patches and trail maps as a reminder of all the wonderful parks I’ve visited. I hope this list provides you some inspiration. Check out the links to see more about what makes each park unique and worth a visit.

XAfton State Park La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
XBanning State ParkXLac qui Parle State Park
XBear Head Lake State ParkXLake Bemidji State Park
XBeaver Creek Valley State ParkXLake Bronson State Park
XBig Bog State Recreation Area Lake Carlos State Park
XBig Stone Lake State ParkXLake Louise State Park
XBlue Mounds State ParkXLake Maria State Park
 Buffalo River State ParkXLake Shetek State Park
XCamden State ParkXLake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
XCarley State ParkXMaplewood State Park
XCascade River State ParkXMcCarthy Beach State Park
 Charles A. Lindbergh State ParkXMille Lacs Kathio State Park
 Crow Wing State ParkXMinneopa State Park
 Cuyuna Country State Recreation AreaXMinnesota Valley State Recreation Area
XFather Hennepin State ParkXMonson Lake State Park
XFlandrau State ParkXMoose Lake State Park
XForestville/Mystery Cave State ParkXMyre – Big Island State Park
XFort Ridgely State Park –Mystery Cave – See Forestville
XFort Snelling State ParkXNerstrand Big Woods State Park
XFranz Jevne State ParkXOld Mill State Park
XFrontenac State ParkXRed River State Recreation Area
Garden Island State Recreation AreaXRice Lake State Park
XGeorge H. Crosby Manitou State ParkXSt. Croix State Park
XGlacial Lakes State ParkXSakatah Lake State Park
XGlendalough State ParkXSavanna Portage State Park
XGooseberry Falls State ParkXScenic State Park
XGrand Portage State ParkXSchoolcraft State Park
XGreat River Bluffs State ParkXSibley State Park
XGreenleaf Lake State Recreation Area   –Soudan Underground Mine – See
Lake Vermillion-Soudan Mine State Park
XHayes Lake State ParkXSplit Rock Creek State Park
 Hill Annex Mine State ParkXSplit Rock Lighthouse State Park
XInterstate State ParkXTemperance River State Park
 –Iron Range OHV State Recreation AreaXTettegouche State Park
XItasca State ParkXUpper Sioux Agency State Park
XJay Cooke State ParkXWhitewater State Park
XJohn A. Latsch State ParkXWild River State Park
XJudge C.R. Magney State ParkXWilliam O’Brien State Park
XKilen Woods State ParkXZippel Bay State Park

An “X” before the park name indicates parks hiked. An “-” indicates the park is not hikeable.

List courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Copyright Ruth Wikoff-Jones, | No Use Permitted Without Prior Permission

2 thoughts on “My Personal Minnesota State Park Challenge

    1. Thank you for asking! I don’t have a single photo that has all the patches. I’ve put them into two display frames and have yet to take a photo of them in those cases. My intent is not to do a photo of the collection until my personal goal of hiking in all the Minnesota State Parks is complete. Hopefully that will be in 2021!


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