Is there anything better than taking a day to walk around one of Minnesota's many state parks to check out the fall colors? Across Minnesota, we are at about 10% of peak colors which means we are just getting started. It also means there is plenty of time to start planning what parks you are going to hit up this fall. Here are five within an hour's drive of St. Cloud.

Crow Wing State Park - Brainerd

  • 50-minute drive from St. Cloud
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Scenic Hiking Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Canoeing/Mississippi River
  • Great Wildlife Observation Opportunities
  • Historic Old Crow Wing Town Site, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers.

Sibley State Park - New London

Lake Maria State Park - Monticello

  • 30-minute drive from St. Cloud
  • Endangered Blandings Turtle
  • Hiking/Spring Wildflowers/Fall Colors
  • Nesting Osprey and Eagles
  • Park at the trail center and enjoy a beautiful hike on the Bjorkland Trail
  • Watch for local species at the wildlife observation area

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park - Onamia

  • 1-hour drive from St. Cloud
  • Camping
  • Swimming/Playground
  • 100 Ft. Observation Tower
  • Historic Sites
  • Hike the Landmark Trail (1-mile roundtrip) to visit the sites of former American Indian villages

Father Hennepin State Park - Isle

  • 1-hour drive from St. Cloud
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Piers
  • Sandy Beach
  • Home of Several Albino Deer
  • Hike the Pope's Point Trail along lake shoreline of Mille Lacs Lake

Keep an eye on the fall colors progress across the state on the Minnesota DNR website.

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