Minnesota state parks and trails aren't often associated with extreme sports and adventure, but in fact, there are lots of activities for people looking to enjoy a more exhilarating, heart pumping experience. Dive deep, climb high, or shoot the rapids...there are some great adventures to be had out there! Here are a few of our favorites:
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Portsmouth Mine Pit is 352 feet deep and very clear. Great for scuba newbies.
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Dive down to see debris remaining from the logging era of the early 1900s.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Most people know how lovely this park is above water, but few have discovered its beauty hidden below the surface.
Not a climber yet? Learn how at an I Can Climb! workshop.
Blue Mounds State Park
Various spots offer excellent climbing opportunities—you can see for miles.
Banning State Park
Sheer sandstone cliffs rise 40 feet above the Kettle River, providing opportunities for bouldering.
Interstate State Park
Beautiful climbs cover a wide variety of levels for both traditional and top roping.
Temperance River State Park
Not for beginners, these challenging climbs are and safer to experience with a partner—so grab a friend!
Tettegouche State Park
There is no easy way to get out...except for up!
Snake River State Water Trail
Easy rapids climbing to a class IV for the expert.
Vermilion River State Water Trail
The river offers levels for beginners through experts.