The U.S. National Park Service preserves 58 national parks, 390 parks, historic sites, memorials, and recreation areas that attract nearly 300 million visitors every year. Our U.S. national parks are repositories of the nation’s biological diversity and contain some of the last ecosystem remnants that are found nowhere else in the world. Explore US Parks Online

Shenandoah National Park is a beautiful, historic national treasure which includes the 105-mile long Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway. The Park covers the crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains for over seventy-five miles. The Appalachian Trail roughly parallels the Skyline Drive and 101 miles of this trail run through the Park. (more…)

Minnesota National and State Parks and Recreation

Minnesota has one national park, 64 State Parks, 55 State Forests, 1 State Natural Area, 2 State Wildlife Areas, 548 State Wildlife Management Areas, 2 National Forests, 7 National Wildlife Refuges, and 7 Wilderness Areas.



National Park

State Parks

State Forests

State Natural Area

State Wildlife Areas

  • State Wildlife Management Areas

National Forests

National Wildlife Refuges

  • Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Big Stone Wetland Management District  
  • Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District  
  • Fergus Falls Wetland Management District  
  • Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Litchfield Wetland Management District  
  • Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District  
  • Morris Wetland Management District  
  • Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Rydell National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Tamarac Wetland Management District  
  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge  
  • Windom Wetland Management District

Minnesota Wilderness Areas

There are seven wilderness areas in the state of Minnesota.

  • Agassiz Wilderness
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Keeley Creek Natural Area
  • Lac la Croix Research Natural Area
  • Lake Agassiz Peatlands Natural Area
  • Pine Point Research Natural Area
  • Tamarac Wilderness