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Quietest state park getaways

Three photos of peaceful scenery at Minnesota State Parks and Trails.

Your next peaceful trip awaits

Searching for some peace and quiet? Looking for a serene spot for a romantic vacation? In the modern world, it can be hard to find relaxing spaces free from distractions. If you're in need of a calm retreat, these more private Minnesota state parks are for you. 

Make a weekend of it! Rent a campsite or cabin and get the full experience.

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

Our favorite hidden gems:

state map showing this park's locationCarley State Park
Quiet is the essence of this park, often colored with wildflowers.

state map showing this park's locationFranz Jevne State Park
One of Minnesota state parks, you can see Canada across the river!

state map showing this park's locationGarden Island State Recreation Area
Virtually undeveloped and remote, with a quiet beach.

state map showing this park's locationGeorge Crosby-Manitou State Park
Excellent wilderness hiking and backpacking.

state map showing this park's locationHayes Lake State Park
The only visitors may be you and the wildlife.

state map showing this park's locationJohn A. Latsch State Park
You'll find scenic views of the Mississippi River Valley.

state map showing this park's locationKilen Woods State Park
Don't miss the view of the river valley from Dinosaur Ridge Overlook.

state map showing this park's locationLake Bronson State Park
Over 356 miles from the Twin Cities, you can't get much farther!

state map showing this park's locationMinnesota Valley State Recreation Area
Right in the Twin Cities, a quiet SRA with great trails.

state map showing this park's locationSchoolcraft State Park
This park epitomizes the theme of quiet places.

state map showing this park's locationMonson Lake State Park
A quiet campground perfect for a peaceful fishing, birding, or hiking trip.

state map showing this park's locationOld Mill State Park
This understated park hosts beautiful historical and ecological attractions.