Within an hours drive from the Twin Cities is more than a dozen state parks that offer scenic walk-in camping sites, spacious car-camping spaces, and miles-upon-miles of hiking trails.
If you want to have a backpacking experience close to home, then the William O’Brien State Parkoffers walk-in sites that provide a quiet respite from the bustling Twin Cities. A little north of William O’Brien is Interstate State Park. From wildflower trails, steep ravines, scenic river views, and glacial potholes to explore; this park has everything for a weekend away.
To the northwest is Lake Maria State Park, which offers rustic campsites nestled beside cozy ponds and shrouded in old growth forest. There is also a large campground with water facilities.
If all you want is to disappear into the woods for an undetermined amount of time, then theSuperior Hiking Trail (SHT) is the trail for you. Whether you spend a weekend trip or a whole summer, backpacking the SHT will be an unforgettable and epic adventure.