Joe WhitsonExplorer

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Hike the Aspen Parklands Trail at Lake Bronson State Park

Lake Bronson, Minnesota

Built in the 1930's by the Works Progress Administration, Lake Bronson was originally designed to be a major tourist attraction for the region.

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Climb Mt. Charity at John A. Latsch State Park

Minnesota City, Minnesota

John A. Latsh State Park is directly off of Hwy. 61 a few miles north of Winona. Begin your hike at the parking lot, following the signs for the Riverview Trail.

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Camp on Madeline Island

La Pointe, Wisconsin

The largest of Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, Madeline Island is about the size of Manhattan, but extremely sparsely populated and a great place to explore a north woods ecosystem.

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Canoe to the Palisades on Seagull Lake in the BWCA

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Begin your trip at the Seagull Lake boat launch at Trail's End Campground.

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Drive Along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

North Bend, Washington

Some days you don't need to tackle a grueling summit or long mileage loop, just getting outside the city is enough.

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Walk the Prairie Loop at Richardson Nature Center

Bloomington, Minnesota

Begin your hike behind the Visitor's Center and follow the path to the left towards the Prairie Loop Trail.

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Camp at Trail's End Campground

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Trail's End Campground is located at the very end of the Gunflint Trail, a remote highway that cuts into the heart of the Minnesota Northwoods.

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Hike the Dakota Valley Trail at Camden State Park

Lynd, Minnesota

The easy 2.4 mile hike follows the route of the Dakota Valley trail.

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Hike to the Top of Maiden Rock Bluff

Stockholm, Wisconsin

It's easy to spot Maiden Rock Bluff as you drive along Highway 35: the 400-foot-tall limestone cliff extends for nearly a mile. Getting to the top is also easy.

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Hike the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area Loop

Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area, the largest intact prairie system located within the Twin Cities, is home to a number of rare plants and animals.

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Hike the Island at Amnicon Falls State Park

South Range, Wisconsin

Amnicon Falls State Park, as its name suggests, has a waterfall as its central feature.

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Hike to Shovel Point at Tettagouche State Park

Silver Bay, Minnesota

An easy hour along the North Shore Scenic Byway from Duluth, Tettagouche State Park is a rugged, 10,000 acre park on Lake Superior.

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Hike the Afton State Park Trail

Hastings, Minnesota

This diverse, 2,702-acre park has trails for both day hikers and backpackers – some with scenic views of the St. Croix River, others which drop into quiet ravines.

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Hike Eagle Mountain

Grand Marais, Minnesota

This moderate hike takes you to the highest point in Minnesota, at all of 2,301 ft in elevation. The first part of the hike, which runs along Whale Lake, is a gentle upwards climb.

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Run the Lake Harriet Loop

Minneapolis, Minnesota

This easily accessible loop takes you on a moderate walk around Lake Harriet, a popular recreational site for cyclers, walkers, runners, and families.

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Hike the Beaver Creek Valley Trail

Spring Grove, Minnesota

This beautiful, green hike takes you along Beaver Creek, as it winds through a lush gorge within the bluffs.

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Run Along the Mississippi River Flats

Minneapolis, Minnesota

This loop takes you from the Franklin Bridge to the Washington Avenue Bridge, crossing through campus, in between.

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Explore Touch the Sky Prairie

Luverne, Minnesota

Touch the Sky Prairie is the only one of the Northern Tallgrass National Wildlife Refuge's eight units to have hiking and interpretive facilities, making it a great adventure for anyone interested in.

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Hike the Lookout Point Loop at Wind Cave National Park

Custer, South Dakota

The Lookout Point Loop actually combines parts of three trails to bring you through some of Wind Cave's best prairieland.

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Hike up Buck Hill, Theodore Roosevelt NP

Belfield, North Dakota

Buck Hill is a popular stop on Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Scenic Loop Road.

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Hike the Crow-Hassan Regional Park Loop

Rogers, Minnesota

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve is the largest prairie based park in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Drive the Eco-Tour Road in Grasslands National Park

Mankota, Canada

Grasslands National Park is Canada's only prairie national park and is the perfect place to dive into a true prairie wilderness.

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Drive Superior National Forest's Fall Color Route

Finland, Minnesota

Every Autumn, Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota designates some of it's best roads as official Fall Color Routes.

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Drive the Sage Creek Rim Road

Interior, South Dakota

A labyrinth of gullies, hoodoos, and ravines, Badlands National Park in western South Dakota is a welcome break from the unrelenting flatness of the surrounding prairie.

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