Summary: There is more to Minnesota than just the attractions of the twin cities. In and around the state there are a number of camping sites just a couple of hours away from Minneapolis. Whether you are camping in tents or an RV the camping is fun, back to nature experience for you and the family.
10 miles south of Brainerd and just two hours from Minneapolis and Minnesota lies Crow Wing Lake campground on the shores of the Crow Wing Lake. 400 acres of lush forest areas make this a hiker’s dream where nature trails are part of the activities. Amenities include picnic tables cemented patios, service restrooms and provisions for campers. One can take part in hiking, softball, volleyball and canoeing. There is even a ground for pets who can roam freely.
Southeast Minnesota is well known for its natural scenic beauty. The best reflection of this feature can be seen in the heart of Bluff County. The Old Barn Resort campground park is spread over 200 acres on the shores of the root river. The park consists of 172 sites and even a bunk house accommodating 38 beds. The Root River and its wild tributaries are the main attraction where one can enjoy classic rainbow trout fishing. The park also has an 18 hole golf with limestone bluffs running all around it.
If you are up to some real rustic camping, then tucked away in the Northwoods is the Bear Head Lake state park. The park has a typical wilderness atmosphere with a good population of wildlife like moose, nesting eagles and wolves. The best part is that it is home to the black bear. Large trees of fir, pine, birch and aspen can make any camper feel the real meaning of camping. You could even hire a canoe and explore along 23 miles of shoreline. An angler’s delight, the river is home to walleye, crappies, bass and trout. Incidentally the park was voted America’s Favorite Park in 2010.
Itasca State Park- A Historic Landmark
Among the smaller parks a must mention is the Schoolcraft state park located along the Mississippi. It has quaint hiking trails. Interstate state park and Taylor Falls is another good choice away from the hustle and bustle of crowded camping. One state park which every camper should visit lies in the Hubbard, Becker and Clearwater counties. This Itasca State Park is the second oldest park in the United States, lying in Northern Minnesota, 25 miles from Bagley and is registered as a natural landmark.
Itasca Lake is named the official source of the Mississippi river and boasts of unchanging virgin red pine forests having trees over 200 years old. The park is home to a number of historic attractions. One can stay at the famous Douglas lodge built in 1911 or choose the Old Timers inn. However camping out in an RV is the best thing to do when you are out in the wild, that too in Itasca. Fishing for northern pike bass and pan fish is one of the popular activities of the park.