In Minnesota, April is often a month of hoping the snow flurries cease, but it’s also the beginning of Minnesotans emerging from the indoors to get outside and explore the nearby parks and trails. With recent snowmelt, waterfalls are flowing at a higher rate than they would in other seasons, making it a great time to explore and photograph some of the falls less than an hour from Minneapolis. Additionally, many nearby state parks provide hiking trails traversing diverse environments including forests, prairies, wetlands, and rivers. The close proximity of these parks to Minneapolis make them great options for getting outdoors after work or for a nearby weekend adventure.
Cover photo: Joe Whitson
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