This is a decent campground for those with trailers and campers. They're well paved but a little out in the open so there's not much privacy. There's also a decent play area for kids.
This is one of the more picturesque MN state parks with incredible views of the Mississippi and Lake Pepin. We stayed at the cart-in sites that were about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. They have big carts so its easy to get your things to your campsite. I do have one very big issue with the cart-in sites in that you don't have access to the park's showers at the main campground. I'm sorry but that sucks. Other than that I'd highly recommend the park.
This campsite is convenient if you're visiting Lake Geneva but not the most scenic of parks. There's a beach across a busy street that is about 5 feet long that's right against the road. The campsites themselves are okay.
This is a small campground in the middle of Minnesota that plays host to the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association' two annual festivals. There's a separate campground for traditional campers but there's various designated camping spots for the festivals.
These festivals are one of the most laid back, fun music festivals I've been to. You get to watch from the comfort of your own lawn chair while sitting under the trees. Can't beat it.
This is a great place to see all the various landscapes of the St. Croix River Valley. The campgrounds are well-kept and generally one can get a site without too much hassle if you're not picky. There bathrooms/showers on site and they are, for the most part, clean and in working order. Noise from other campers was negligible. The surroundings were stunning, and really unexpected for a park so close to the Twin Cities.
There are also miles of walking and hiking trails throughout the park.
I love this area as the bluffs are stunning. It's Minnesota's little Switzerland. The park isn't much to look at and there's only a few look-out point onto the Mississippi but its a nice little campground.
I love this campground as it's right on Lake Superior and a short jaunt to one of MN's iconic historic buildings. One of my favorite sites are the hike-in sights that are within about a mile's hike of the entrance. They are right on the lake and there's nobody around for at least a 1/4 mile. Well worth the hike.
This is one of the few state parks where they have canoe-in sites. It's right in the heart of lake country so there's always water around you. They have cabins as well as tent sites so its pretty easy to get around. They have a few of the new yurts that the Mn State Park system put in. These are very nice.
There's also an old house/museum where the former owner of the land lived. Apparently a few presidents visited there during the turn of the century.
I loved the campground area which nestled in a small valley. On top of that it has this awesome living history 1800's village managed by the Minnesota Historical Society. There's also a very interesting cave with a museum and all the talactites, stalagmites, and underground pools you can imagine.
It's a great park in an area of Minnesota that is not well traveled. There's also a lot of history here with an interesting museum on the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862.
Beautiful park and its only 45 minutes from St. Paul.
Minnesota State Parks have just started to build Yurts for 3 campgrounds around the state; Afton, Cuyuna and Glendalough State Parks. These have some great amenities and are perfect for family camping, especially in Fall, Winter and Spring.
This is one of my favorite lakes in the BWCA. Very tall cliffs and tons of wildlife.
I really liked this park. It's a bit out of the way but it's nestled in a river gorge and has a great swimming lake. I'd recommend the walk-in sites 1-4. Try to get #4 as that's right on the river.
Jay Cooke is one of the better state park campgrounds with beautiful scenery and is close to Duluth. I would recommend checking out the fire museums in Hinckley and Moose Lake on your way up from the Twin Cities.
Fall Lake is a good way to get your feet wet (put intended) to the BWCA. The one drawback is that it's motorized up to the top of Jackfish Bay. It kind of takes the solitude out of the experience when you here a motor boat wiz by. If you have time I'd recommend going up to Basswood Lake where motors are prohibited.
This is a good car camping campground with a few walk in sites that allows you to get away from the road but close enough to get to the amenities. Very close to Duluth so you can easily get to all the sites.