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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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