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Lake Maria State Park

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Fantastic State Park

I love visiting this park with friends or by myself. It has a lot of trails to choose from to vary... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2017
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Lakes and nice hiking trails

Many easy hiking trails and lots of beautiful water all year round. Warning: horses are allowed... read more

Reviewed December 4, 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Home to the Blandings turtle, a threatened species, the rolling terrain of this scenic park is perfect for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers.
11411 Clementa Ave NW, Monticello, MN 55362-3054
+1 763-878-2325
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Reviewed November 10, 2017

This is a lovely park to walk in with large, towering trees. It is great for cross-country skiing. However, there is nothing spectacular! There are some camping cabins and Indian burial mounds. There is also a small lake for canoeing.

4  Thank CoopyCob
Reviewed August 1, 2017

The camping sites were quite a distance from the parking and it didn't look like we could fish there.. maybe for horse riding it would be good but we were surprised at the park. A nice picnic area.

Thank Gina K
Reviewed April 8, 2017

Lake Maria State Park is located about 8 miles west of downtown Monticello, Minnesota and is easy to find as there are signs and arrows from I-94 (the first sign is about ½ mile before you get to the Monticello exit). This Park is also...More

3  Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

Just a little word of caution if you are planning to visit in the next couple weeks, the trails are all horribly muddy from the winter thaw. There are lots of dead leaves on all the trails and under that is a lot of mud....More

Thank ljohnson409
Reviewed February 10, 2017

I love visiting this park with friends or by myself. It has a lot of trails to choose from to vary the length of your hike. It's like a choose your own adventure. I've always felt safe hiking by myself in this park. Very dog...More

Thank nora1785
Reviewed December 4, 2016

Many easy hiking trails and lots of beautiful water all year round. Warning: horses are allowed on some trails. So watch there you step. Because there is a lot of water, it can get buggy in the summer.

1  Thank Karenstauber
Reviewed October 27, 2016

Great quiet spot for a mini adventure. We went to a backpack camp spot right by the lake. There were a few hills and it had rained quite a bit the night before we arrived, but we made the 3/4 mile hike to our spot...More

1  Thank LizzyTravels321
Reviewed October 23, 2016

The Big Woods hike is a very nice, 5.5 mile loop through the park. I was expecting the area to be relatively flat, but was surprised with all the hills throughout the trail. The trail takes you through and nicely forested area passing by quite...More

Thank KatieZ995
Reviewed October 18, 2016

Me and my fiancé went to Lake Maria state park in October for a hike and to see the fall leaves. We had not heard much about this state park but we were pleasantly surprised! It is an absolute gorgeous place to see fall colors,...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed September 12, 2016

This state park has a natural and secluded setting that isn't over populated with users. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails. Horseback riding is allowed in this park. It has lakeside settings as well as beautiful wooded hiking trails. Wonderful colors in fall....More

Thank Monticello C
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