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With a 100+ mile stretch of the longest trail in the country and a short trip to numerous forests and parks, the Heartland Lakes offers incredible access to hiking opportunities. Wander through pine forests, marvel at majestic wildlife, and enjoy breathtaking views of winding rivers and pristine lakes in all four seasons.

North Country Scenic Trail

The North Country Scenic Trail is the longest in the National Trails System, stretching 4,800 miles across eight states from North Dakota to Vermont. The trail features dozens of area trailheads, including connections to Itasca State Park. Whether you’re looking to hike a few miles, or spend a couple of weeks backpacking, a multitude of diverse landscapes and scenic views are waiting for you.

Itasca State Park

Explore the woods and wildlife of the iconic Itasca State Park along 45 miles of hiking trails. Whether you’re heading to one of the park’s main attractions such as the 100-foot Aiton Heights Fire Tower, which offers a stunning panoramic view, or desire a peaceful path with lake side views, you’ll find the park’s wonders extends far beyond the mighty Mississippi Headwaters.

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