Wild River State Park, one of the larger state parks in Minnesota, is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon or weekend, and caters to a wide-variety of visitors. Pick up a trail map from the ranger station and select one of the many routes based on your timetable and hiking preference.
The River Trail, which runs alongside the St. Croix River, is well groomed and heavily traveled. The trail offers lovely views of the river, woods, prairie land and our friendly neighbor to the east – Wisconsin.
Camping is a popular summer activity in the park. Along the River Trail are rustic campsites set back among birch trees. Further north are group campsites and precious log cabins furnished with bunk beds, electricity and an adjustable thermostat. Tucked further away into the woods is a large, fully-furnished guest house available to rent.
Head south on the Old Lodging Trail and you'll find a large variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. Don't forget to look down every once in a while - small grass snakes like to scurry across the path.
Whether you want to hike, canoe, sit in silence or camp with a group, Wild River State Park is a refuge for everyone.