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You don't have to travel far for otherworldly experiences.

Minnesota is known for its variety of landscapes from hardwood forests & hilly topography to prairie lands & bogs. Make your way to any of these parks & find some of the best scenery the land of 10,000 lakes has to offer.

1.       Itasca State Park

Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Stand under towering pines and visit landmarks of centuries gone by throughout the park. Camp under the stars or stay the night in one of our 45 overnight units. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks.

2.       Heartland Park

is located in Park Rapids next to the Fish Hook River. The Park has the following amenities: 3 picnic shelters, playground equipment, horseshoe court, tennis/pickleball court, basketball court, softball/baseball field, public access, fishing pier, public swimming beach and restrooms. It also is at the start of the Heartland Trail. The picnic shelters can be reserved for gatherings.

3.       Lake George Community Park

is in Lake George on Paine Lake. The park has the following amenities: basketball court, softball/baseball field, playground equipment, bathroom, 3 picnic shelters, public access and swimming beach. The park is maintained by the township. The picnic shelter can be reserved for gatherings.

4.       Huntersville State Forest

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Huntersville State Forest comprises 52 square miles of mostly red and jack pine forests with a scattering of aspen and spruce and a variety of northern hardwoods covering rolling, sandy hills.

Two rivers, the Crow Wing River State Water Trail and the Shell River, cut through this forest. Both the Shell River and the Crow River provide many canoeing opportunities, with access ramps at the campgrounds as well as other put-in and take-out points along the river's course through the forest.

5.       Chippewa National Forest

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The first national forest established east of the Mississippi River in 1908, Chippewa National Forest has a rich history, ranging from prehistoric times to the early logging era and Civilian Conservation Corps days. Spanning over 600,000 acres, the forest is one of the largest bald eagle breeding areas in the country. Other wildlife provides viewing and hunting opportunities. Water-oriented recreation such as fishing, canoeing, water skiing and swimming are popular. The forest hosts numerous motorized and nonmotorized trails. (218) 547-1044.