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10 Minnesota State Parks to Visit This Fall

10 Great Minnesota State Parks to Visit This FallHow many of the Minnesota State Parks have you seen? We’re guessing there are at least one or two left to discover, and this fall is your perfect opportunity to do exactly that.  Come explore Minnesota’s most wild and untouched lands with us this fall, as you take the time to travel around and get to know this incredible state. From natural wonder to natural wonder, there are 67 State Parks in Minnesota to explore, along with a variety of state forests and recreational areas. Each of these parks comes with its own personality and unique features, and this fall they are alight with the spectacular colors of fall.

Let our Innkeepers guide you on an incredible journey around the land of 10,000 lakes this fall. When you need a place to rest, look to our collection of Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts for the finest accommodations around.

10 Stunning State Parks in Minnesota

Minnesota is a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for someplace to go hiking, mountain biking, paddling, or just relaxing amidst some of the most scenic areas in the state, you’ll find it in Minnesota State Parks. Here are 10 of the most popular parks around the state, each of which is near one or more of our incredible Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts.

  1. Head to southern Minnesota and visit Whitewater State Park, just east of Rochester Minnesota. This fall, explore the many miles of limestone bluff hiking trails, scale the top of Chimney Rock, and take in the exceptional fall colors below.
  2. Enjoy grand views of the Mississippi River at the Great River Bluffs State Park. It’s beautiful year-round, but it’ truly breathtaking during the fall months. A great place to take in the views is the Kings Bluff Nature Trail. If you pack your binoculars, you’ll be treated to some of the best birdwatching in the area.
  3. 10 of the Best Minnesota State Parks to visit this fallGet two for one at Minneopa State Park. It’s home to a beautiful two-tiered waterfall that’s worth seeing, as well as an American Bison Herd. It is well worth your time.
  4. Enjoy dramatic views of the St. Louis River from the swinging bridge at Duluth’s Jay Cooke State Park. With more than 50 miles of hiking trails and connections to even more, this is easily one of the best places for hiking in the state of Minnesota.
  5. Another great place to visit in the Duluth area is the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.  It’s one of the most scenic and photographed destinations in Minnesota, especially during the fall.
  6. Take in the rushing power of water at Grand Portage State Park, home to the tallest waterfall in Minnesota.
  7. See the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park. It’s not only the oldest of the Minnesota State Parks, but it’s also one of the most scenic places to view Minnesota’s old-growth forests and unspoiled lakes
  8. Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River Valley is home to a variety of glacial potholes and is absolutely magical in the fall
  9. Find one of Minnesota’s most unique state parks underground!  Head to southeastern Minnesota and explore 13 miles of underground caves at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.
  10. Discover one of Minnesota’s last true places of untouched wilderness at Big Bog State Recreation Area. There are an incredible bird population and other wildlife species that call this area home. There’s a boardwalk through the bog, and it’s also open for snowshoeing during the winter months.

Seeking Comfort at a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast

We know you’ll love every second of exploration at these Minnesota State Parks. But, after a long day spent outdoors, you’ll no doubt long for a place to put up your feet and rest. For that, look to our collection of Bed and Breakfasts around the state. Not only do we offer an exciting array of properties, each with their own character, charm, and amenities, but we’re serving up the finest midwest hospitality you could ask for. Depending on where it is you plan to visit, you can use our search tool to narrow the list of properties down by region, city, amenity, or other convenient option. Our friendly Innkeepers are here to help you enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Minnesota State Parks this fall!

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