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13 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Minnesota Should Take

There are so many beautiful places to explore in Minnesota, and while we enjoy plenty of types of recreation, hiking is always the easiest, cheapest option. The best part about MN parks is that they provide plenty of short options for inexperienced hikers, or those who simply prefer to take it easy. These 13 routes are just a small sampling of the short hikes you can find around the state. They all have wonderful views and are under 5 miles. They’re a perfect way to spend an hour or two after work or school in the spring, summer, and fall.

What are your favorite places to go hiking in Minnesota? What is your favorite short route?

Jo Magliocco
Minnesota staff writer for Only in Your State and owner of Minnesota blog NorthGuide.co, I'm a Minneapolis transplant who loves my cats, camera, and local coffee. On the weekends I'm usually exploring the North Shore or making my way through the list of Minnesota's State Parks. Want to talk about MN or ask me a question? Tweet me @sotafiedjo!