Hiking : The Hidden Gem of the Midwest: A Guide to Minnesota’s North Shore

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Boundary Waters

The true gem of the north is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a sprawling network of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. There isn’t anything like it in the US – or possibly the world.

The Boundary Waters is a bucket-list item for many, attracting nearly 200,000 visitors each year, the most of any National Forest in the country. If you’re looking to go paddling for a day or week, Sawbill Outfitters is the best place to start.

Superior Hiking Trail

Considered one of the best long-distance hiking trails in the country, the Superior Hiking Trail runs 313 miles from south of Duluth to the Canada border. Winding its way up and down the Sawtooth Mountains, the trail is filled with river hikes, big views, and wildlife. It also can be hiked in sections, with access points every 4 to 10 miles along the trail.

Lutsen Mountains

Best known as a ski destination in the winter, Lutsen offers an array of hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer as well. The ski resort boasts one of the largest cross-country trail networks in the country, 450 miles of snowmobile trails, and the largest alpine resort in the Midwest.

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