This Off-The-Beaten-Path Recreational Area In Minnesota Is The Perfect Place To Escape
By Trent Jonas|Published June 13, 2023
Trent Jonas came to Minnesota to attend college - and never left. He's a Twin Cities-based writer with a BA in English and a MFA in creative writing, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and the proud father of two adult children. With more than a decade of freelance writing experience under his belt, Trent is often out exploring his favorite topics: Minnesota's woods, lakes, and trails. Rhubarb pie is his weakness, so discovering new diners is also a passion.
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, our beautiful state parks can get crowded, especially on weekends – and especially in the summer. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy our state’s abundant natural beauty that’s a little more off the beaten path, head southeast to the Reno Unit of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest, a true hidden gem recreational area in Minnesota.
The Reno Recreational Area is open to year-round use, including cross-country skiing in the winter. Visit the Reno Unit’s page on the DNR website for trail maps and more information about the area. A hike in the Reno Recreational Area is a great addition to a larger exploration of Minnesota’s Bluff Country, like a road trip through the Driftless Area. This large area is so stunning and unique that there’s a grass roots movement to establish a new national park in the region.
Have you visited the Reno Recreational Area? Let us know your favorite thing about it. What other off-the-beaten-path nature spots should our readers know about?
OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.