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Minnesota is a land of beautiful lakes, rivers and streams; picturesque
bluffs overlooking the diverse terrain; and is full of hundreds of indoor
and outdoor recreational activities for adults and children of all ages to
enjoy. The best way to experience all that Minnesota has to offer is to
camp throughout the state and experience first-hand how fun, relaxing, and
exciting the state can be. Here are the top summer camp spots in
Minnesota based on reviews from visitors.
- Afton State Park- Just 30 minutes from Saint
Paul, Afton State Park is a highly visited park because of its
unbelievable views. Situated along the St. Croix River, there are
miles of trails that run right along it that make for picturesque sights
while hiking and biking. The bluffs along the water are great for
photographs, cliff jumping, and kayaking along while taking in the grand
design of Mother Nature. The campsites in Afton State Park are
about ¾ mile from the parking area so you’ll have to
backpack uphill to your campsite, but the views are remarkable and make
the trek worthwhile.
- Bear Head State Park- Sitting on over 5,000
acres of land Bear Head runs along the many miles of shoreline located
close to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The park has many
beaches for swimming and sunbathing, plenty of fishing spots, and
numerous water sport activities. Bear Head Lake offers canoe,
kayak and boat rentals to visitors daily. The campground here has 73
sites, 43 of those with electricity. Visitors come here for the sense of
community and overall location within the park.
- Tettegouche State Park- Situated on Lake Superior, this park has thousands of visitors every
year. Visitors can experience miles of hiking and biking trails,
many opportunities for fishing, especially trout fishing, and rock
climbing on the many bluffs that line the shore. Tettegouche has
great views of Lake Superior, scenic overlooks at Shovel point, steep
cliffs and inland bluffs, and has a 60 ft waterfall at High Falls.
Camping is available at Tettegouch State Park with many campsites
available and amenities needed to make your camping experience
- Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park- probably one of the more unique state parks in Minnesota, Forestville
wonders both above and below ground. Travel down into Mystery
Cave to view great stalactite and stalagmite formations, and
crystal clear underground pools. Tours are available daily and are
fun to experience the underground as well as the above ground.
Travel back up top and experience Forestville, an 1800’s style
village that has been restored and brought back to life. There are
restaurants and quaint shops for visitors’ enjoyment. Also
available in Forestville is fishing for brown and blue ribbon trout,
horseback riding, and streams and valleys to hike along and
through. Campsites are available in Forestville and offer the
basic amenities for your camping and RV needs.
These are just a few places to get you started. For a list of more of the
best places to camp in Minnesota, visit