6 Scenic Minnesota Parks You Need To Visit

By MNR News posted 11 days ago


Take A Walk DayIt’s National Take A Way in the Park Day – and the only thing more iconic than Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes, are its stunning parks! So, grab your walking shoes and get ready for scenic views, delightful sculptures, and Minnesota’s natural beauty!




Tamarack Nature Center – White Bear Township

This 320-acre nature preserve is the ideal place for a walk all year-round. With nature paths of varying length, walkers can opt for a quick half-mile walk on the Chickadee Trail Loop or a longer, more rigorous journey on the 2.5-mile Dragonfly loop.


Franconia Sculpture Park – Shafer

Enjoy some fresh air and art at this 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. Get your steps in while viewing creative, thought-provoking art installations from local & international artists ranging from Minnesota to Hungary! 


Rapidan Dam Park – Mankato

This park showcases everything Minnesota has to offer. Nestled on the Blue Earth River, it is the perfect spot to enjoy nature with picturesque views of the bluffs and rapids. Once you’re finished with your walk, enjoy a nice slice of pie at the nearby Dam Store. 🥧


Itasca State Park – Park Rapids

Minnesota’s oldest state park is a must-see bucket-list item for any Minnesotan. Home to the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi River, this is where America’s most storied river begins its 2,552-mile trek to the Gulf of Mexico. With 32,000 sprawling acres and 100 lakes, this park is a prime spot for gorgeous nature walks and pristine views. You may even spot our state bird the loon!


Sherin Memorial Park & E.L. Peterson Park – Pelican Rapids

Enjoy the scenic views and whimsey of this Central Minnesota park. Connected by a walkable suspension bridge across Mill Pond Dam, Sherin Memorial Park & E.L Peterson Park is a delightful journey for walkers of all ages. Take a stroll down Pelican Walkway and don’t forget to snap a pic with Pelican Pete!


Enger Park – Duluth

Located in West Duluth, Enger Park is an absolutely stunning walk route with beauty at every step featuring a kaleidoscope of flowers and a Japanese garden. Start or end your walk with a climb up the steps of the restored Enger Tower for a 360-degree, awe-inspiring panoramic view of Duluth and Lake Superior.