Traveler - Cozy Cabin Getaways

Minnesota State Parks and Trails

November 2016

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Big Bog State Recreation Area

As winter approaches, consider planning a cozy cabin getaway in one of the five heated camper cabins at Big Bog State Recreation Area.  Located in the northwest region, Big Bog SRA has been called Minnesota's last true wilderness. Highlights include a fire tower that you can climb and a peat bog (the largest of its kind in the lower 48 states) that you can explore on a mile-long boardwalk. Be on the lookout for a diversity of wildlife, including moose, gray wolves, black bear, bobcat, and more than 300 species of birds.

  • Find maps, directions and other info here.
  • See the beautiful sights of Big Bog SRA with this virtual tour.

The List - Camper Cabins

More than two dozen Minnesota state parks and recreation areas offer cozy accommodations in heated camper cabins that can sleep up to six people (no pets). Many cabins include electricity. Some are also wheelchair accessible. Just bring your own pillows and blankets (or sleeping bags) and food. You can cook over a traditional fire ring outside or bring a slow cooker to plug in inside.

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A list of parks with camper cabins can be found here.

Use the ParkFinder tool to search for more lodging options in state parks.

Game Time - Free Park Friday on November 25

While others are out battling the waiting lines at stores on Nov. 25 (the day after Thanksgiving), consider heading to a Minnesota state park for a family hike. You can work off that turkey dinner while exploring the outdoors, and you won't need a park permit ($5) that day. New self-orientation signs provide tips on where to go and what to see during your visit, including recommended hikes of varying distances, based on how much time you are planning to spend at the park.


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Read more about Free Park Friday.

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Discover - State Park Nature Stores

As you begin holiday shopping, consider purchasing gifts for family and friends at a Minnesota State Park Nature Store. Housed in many state park offices, Nature Stores sell clothing, books and other unique outdoor gifts that help raise much-needed funds for the parks. View a map of all the Nature Store locations here. Or consider giving Minnesota State Park gift cards to your family and friends with the promise of spending time outdoors with them in 2017.

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Find out how to purchase a Minnesota State Park gift card.

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November Events - Guided Hikes

From long treks along the rugged coast of Lake Superior to wandering the open spaces of our vast prairies, you'll find plenty of hiking opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails.  

Check out these guided hiking opportunities coming up:    

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Check out the complete November event schedule.

New State Parks and Trails License Plate

On Dec. 1, a specialty license plate benefiting Minnesota State Parks and Trails will be available. The plates will provide their owners with unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state park and recreation areas for the year, replacing the need for a vehicle permit.  Proceeds from the license plate sales will help fund the operation and maintenance of parks and trails. Find out more here.