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We make it easy for you to find parks and trails in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area for all your nature-based activities:

Hiking and running trails ~ bike trails ~ waterways to kayak, canoe and paddle board ~ campgrounds ~ cross country ski and snowshoe trails

Simply click on your preferred activity in the navigation menu and find your county in the drop-down menu to get started.

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woman wears red Terrex winter jacket with Buff and hood up on a cold day

New Winter Gear: How Do These Perform?

Lots of us walk and hike outside all year, so we love good cold-weather gear that keeps us warm through our long Minnesota winters! Snow, wind and cold temperatures are …

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Paddle North paddleboards lined up on a mountain lake

Paddle North: SUPs, Kayaks and More

Paddle North is a Twin Cities-based company that makes solid and inflatable paddle boards, kayaks, utility docks and more. “We sell water products to Minnesotans,” said co-founder Peter Mogck during …

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"Twin Cities Outdoors presents 2023 Holiday Gift Guide" with images of scattered Christmas decor and gifts along the bottom

2023 Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Lovers

These Minneapolis/Saint Paul (and vicinity) independent outdoor businesses have something for every outdoor lover on your gift list! While we appreciate all the Twin Cities’ outdoor businesses that support human-powered …

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trail in Lake McCarrons County Park, Roseville

Hiking at Lake McCarrons County Park

Roseville/Ramsey County • No fee This short but beautiful loop trail in Lake McCarrons County Park proves you don’t have to go far to feel immersed in Minnesota’s beautiful natural …

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Mississippi River from Big Rivers Regional Trail, Dakota County

Hiking Big Rivers Regional Trail

Mendota Heights/Dakota County Big Rivers Regional Trail is a very scenic paved multi-use trail that follows the east/south shoreline of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. The trail is part of …

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wooded trail in Tony Schmidt Regional Park

Hike Tony Schmidt Regional Park

Arden Hills/Ramsey County • No vehicle permit needed While you won’t find lots of miles in Tony Schmidt Regional Park, the trails there offer a lovely hour’s worth of hiking. …

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overlooking the St Croix River with peak fall colors

7 Super Local Trails along the St Croix River

The St. Croix River is one of eastern Minnesota’s most beautiful natural features. And the river valley has many beautiful hiking and biking trails. This 169-mile river forms part of …

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woman and man hiking in the mountains wearing Storm Creek shirts

Storm Creek: Eco-Friendly Outdoor Apparel

Storm Creek is an Eagan-based outdoor apparel company committed to sustainability, community involvement and generosity. I first learned of this certified Women-Owned Business several years ago. One of my favorite …

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Calm Como Lake, Lakeside Pavillion

Hiking in Como Regional Park

Como Regional Park is one of the most popular parks in the Twin Cities metro area. While hiking distance is limited, what’s there is super scenic. In total, there are …

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two women rest near the summit of Eagle Mt, overlooking the forests and lakes of the BWCAW

Hiking Eagle Mountain: Minnesota’s Highest Point

To be clear: Eagle Mountain is NOT in the Twin Cities! But being that it’s Minnesota’s highest point I think it’s worthy of inclusion in the blog. After years of …

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