Cascade River State Park

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Minnesota is one of the country’s best states for outdoor fun. With scores of campgrounds, state parks, and wildlife preserves, there’s always a new area to explore. Take Cascade River State Park, for example. Located just 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais and about 265 miles from the Twin Cities, its office is located just off State Highway 61 at mile post 101.

The Cascade River is fast-moving and cuts through black volcanic rocks and into a gorge, creating a spectacular waterfall. Ferns and moss add to the beauty of the park, growing along the river. The park offers views of Lake Superior along numerous hiking trails that lead through forests of birch, spruce, and white cedar.

The park covers over 5000 acres and is home to a number of species across its hilly terrain, including moose, wolves, bears, pine martens, and deer. Bird-watching is also a readily pursued activity with a variety of birds and hawks native to the area, including warblers and chickadees.

RVers will find a number of RV sites to use, making for a comfortable spot to set up camp and stay for a few nights while exploring the area.

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Crow Wing Lake Campground

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Conveniently located just two hours from the Twin Cities and a mere 10 miles south of Brainerd along Highway 371, Crow Wing Lake Campground is the perfect summer weekend destination for your RV from PleasureLand RV Center.

Crow Wing Lake Campground is situated on 30-acres of woodland filled with mature, old-growth trees. The woods are located along the shore of the 400-acre Crow Wing Lake.

There are 80 full hook-up sites for RVers as well as 20 electric/water sites. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire ring. The campsites are all nicely shaded for hot summer days. The RV sites also include a 7×20 concrete patio.

The campground also offers amenities such as full service restrooms, laundry facilities, a fish cleaning house, boat launches, docks, slips, and an on-site general store. The general store is fully furnished with everything you need and some things you don’t! From groceries and bait to pizza, souvenirs, and camping equipment, the store has got you covered.

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Visit Tettegouche State Park

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Visit Tettegouche State Park to explore the North Shore region. The park includes spectacular overlooks, such as Shovel Point, rocky cliffs, inland bluffs, cascading falls, and the historic campground.

Hikers will be in heaven as they explore the miles of trails that wind in and out of scenic overlooks, including some that give a great view of the Sawtooth Mountains.

The park is also know for its rock climbing opportunities. Fishing is also popular, with two lakes specifically made for trout fishing.

Wildlife observers will enjoy the park as well; the wide variety of plant communities in the park supports more than 40 species of mammals. Most commonly seen are white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, red squirrel and beaver. Less commonly observed are moose, black bear, red fox, and river otter. Occasionally, coyote, fisher pine marten, northern flying squirrel, and even the timber wolf are seen.

Birdwatching is popular. In all, 140 species have been identified living in the park in various seasons. Kinglets, spruce grouse, and many northern warblers nest in bogs and coniferous forests in the summer.

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Visit El Rancho Manana Campground & Riding Stable

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This is a great Minnesota campground that offers most of the amenities you’d expect at a campground, plus the opportunity for horseback riding. The onsite riding stable and available rental horses allow every visitor the opportunity to take advantage of the riding trails.

El Rancho Manana also offers traditional camping in the natural setting of Long Lake, where your family can enjoy the large sandy beach, fishing, boating, modern bathhouse facilities, and unique weekends of free planned activities. The campground features 120 sites of traditional-style family camping for tents to RV’s with hookups.

For the boating and fishing, you can actually rent fishing boats, canoes, and kayaks, so you don’t have to haul your own there.

Hikers and bikers will enjoy their time at the campground since it has miles of trails to explore all along the lake and surrounding area.

The campground also provides onsite laundry facilities, a grocery and supply store, and a tavern. The campground is pet friendly.

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There’s Plenty to See and Do at Gooseberry Falls State Park

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Next in our series of fantastic Minnesota state parks, we’ve got Gooseberry Falls State Park. It’s definitely worth a look the next time you’re on the road in your motorhome or travel trailer.

Gooseberry Falls State Park is known as the gateway to the North Shore. It possesses spectacular waterfalls, a river gorge, pristine Lake Superior shoreline, plenty of log and stone structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and north woods wildlife.

Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River.

Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.

To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don’t miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.

The park is open daily from 9am to 4pm. You can contact them at 3206 Highway 61 East, Two Harbors, Minnesota.

To get to the park from the town of Two Harbors, follow State Highway 61 northeast approximately 13 miles to the park.

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Discover Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who founded our modern national park system, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the badlands of North Dakota.

Teddy Roosevelt had an intimate relationship with the land that would one day bear his name. He came to the Dakota Territory in 1883 when he was a skinny young man and left a little older and a lot tougher. His adventures in the rugged landscape of North Dakota forever altered his life and, ultimately, the course of the nation.

The park offers visitors scenic drives, over 100 miles of foot and horse trails, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for back country hiking and camping. There are three developed campgrounds for use: Juniper Campground, Cottonwood Campground, and the Roundup Group Horse Campground.

Wildlife viewing is especially popular, as the park is home to many native species, including bison, coyotes, cougars, feral horses, badgers, elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer, prairie dogs, golden eagles, sharp-tailed grouse, and wild turkeys.

The park also preserves the history and artifacts of Roosevelt’s time there, including the cabin he lived in and the lands his ranch occupied.

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The Top 10 Campgrounds in the Midwest

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The Midwest is one of America’s most underrated regions. Lakes, vast forests, rivers, sand dunes and so many other natural wonders await those who venture to the Great Lakes states and beyond. The following are the top 10 campsites you’ll find in this must-visit neck of the woods.

1. Wilderness State Park Campground — Carp Lake, Michigan

Enjoy 26 miles of rocky shoreline, stargazing, 20 miles of hiking trails and more at this lakeside Michigan campground.

2. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park — Ashland, Nebraska

Non-stop family fun is on tap at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, which features nearly 150 RV sites and a water park with a wave pool, slides and more.

3. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Campground — Middlebrook, Missouri

Camp at the foot of Goggins Mountain and spend your days swimming in the shut-ins formed by the Black River.

4. Hocking Hills State Park — Laurelville, Ohio

Discover caves, gorges and waterfalls just a short hike from the comfort of your RV.

5. Brown County State Park — Nashville, Indiana

Indiana’s largest state park is littered fishing spots, hiking trails and areas to swim, bike play.

6. Hayward KOA — Hayward, Wisconsin

Let the kids run wild on the 300-foot waterslide, mini golf course, playgrounds and more.

7. Peninsula State Park — Door County, Wisconsin

This park’s 468 campgrounds are seconds from beautiful bluffs, a lighthouse, the beach, bike trails and a golf course.

8. Indiana Dunes State park — Chesterton, Indiana

The sand dunes are the main attraction to this fun-filled state park, but campers also enjoy hiking trails, birdwatching and more.

9. Blue Bell Campground — Custer, South Dakota

This Custer State Park campground is known for its nearby rock formations, vistas, brooks and buffalo.

10. Grand Marais Recreation Area — Grand Marais, Minnesota

The Lake Superior shoreline, quaint shops and delicious dining options are at your doorstep.

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Visit Whitewater State Park

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Continuing the series on Minnesota’s state parks, we’ve got Whitewater State Park up next. Sprawled across 2,733 acres, the park is one of Minnesota’s most popular parks, attracting over 250,000 annual visitors and over 50,000 overnight stays.

Dakota Indians named the river Whitewater because it turned milky white in the spring as high water eroded light-colored clay deposits along its banks. In 1851, a treaty opened up most of southern Minnesota for white settlement, including the Whitewater area. Settlers removed much of the native vegetation in order to farm and graze the land. In 1900, flooding related to land use began. Almost two decades later, local citizens lobbied successfully to establish Whitewater State Park to protect some of the most beautiful parts of the valley. After numerous programs were instituted to help control the flooding in the area, including prohibitions on wood harvesting and forming ponds to serve as dikes, the Whitewater Watershed Project is cultivating a return to the area’s natural state.

The park is a wildlife observer’s dream, containing nearly 50 kinds of mammals and upwards of 250 types of birds throughout the year. Some of the more obvious residents are year-long wild turkey and bald eagles.

Hiking is a great activity in the park, as the scenery is gorgeous. Expect picturesque limestone bluffs and deep ravines. These hiking trails rate from easy to challenging.

Fishers will enjoy the park with its brown, brook, and rainbow trout in the park’s spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek.

Those just looking to relax will enjoy the sandy beaches and the modern visitor’s center and group center.

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Must-See State Parks in Minnesota

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Minnesota is home to some of the best state parks in the country. And there are a lot of them too. If you want to narrow your search and visit the best of the best, we’ve got you covered with our must-see state parks in Minnesota. Fire up the RV and head to any one of these for a weekend of family fun.

Blue Mounds State Park

A park as beautiful as it is mysterious, Blue Mounds State Park offers up a truly unique experience. Cacti, prairie grasses, and wildflowers dot the landscape as herds of buffalo move across the horizon. Spring is the perfect time to visit since the grasses haven’t grown to their tall summer heights, so the views are unobstructed. The park also features an enigmatic 1250 foot long stone ledge near the southern end of the park. It may have been used as an ancient calendar by native tribes. On the first days of spring and fall, the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with the stones.

Grand Portage State Park

Featuring the tallest waterfalls in the state, including the 120-foot tall High Falls of the Pigeon River, Grand Portage State Park offers some beautiful sights. The park marks a number of important sites, including the Grand Portage National Monument, which marks the site where fur traders established a center of commerce with the Ojibwa in the 17th century. This is also where Alexander Mackenzie embarked on his cross-continental trek towards the Pacific Ocean in 1793 – a full twelve years before Lewis and Clark made the same journey.

Itasca State Park

The original and, to some, the best state park in Minnesota. It’s among the largest in the state and gives you a classic “National Park” feel with its classic lodging available at the historic Douglas Lodge. There’s an onsite visitor center, restaurant, and common area with a fireplace at the lodge as well. Hiking is the best activity at the park, especially a hike to the Mississippi Headwaters where the river flows from Lake Itasca.

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Head to Maplewood State Park

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If you’re always on the lookout for the next place to take your RV, PleasureLand RV Center is here to give you a suggestion: Maplewood State Park. The park sprawls over 10,279 acres and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually. Maplewood sits on a series of high tree-covered hills that provide visitors with striking vistas of small, clear lakes nestled in deep valleys.

Maplewood State Park features eight major lakes and numerous ponds, offering water lovers places to enjoy their water sports, like swimming, fishing, and boating. The lakes offer plenty of sandy beaches and recreation areas on the shore for sunbathing, grilling, and picnicking.

Drive along the park’s scenic route to view the flora and fauna in the park, including 150 bird species and 50 species of mammal, including deer, beavers, racoon, squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks. The trails are also a great way to see the wildlife while you hike, horseback ride, or cross-country ski (in the colder months).

Spring through fall, the park is “dressed” with displays of trillium, hepatica, bloodroot, yellow lady’s slipper, wild onion, prairie rose, and showy milkweed. If you go in the fall, the park turns into a fall wonderland with brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red.

The park is located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Highway 108.

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