By Jim Umhoefer
Pine County. 16 miles east of Hinckley on Highway 48. Park headquarters is on County 22, five miles south of the park entrance.
This is Minnesota's largest state park, so there are many quiet spots in St. Croix's 34,000 acres of elbowroom. Yet other spots, like the campground and interpretive center, are bustling. Visitors can hike into the backcountry or stick to developed portions. Though most of the roads are not paved, it's possible to see much of the park from your car. There's vehicle access to the fire tower, landings, campsites and overlooks.
Perhaps the most scenic of the park's 127 miles of hiking trails is in the southwest corner, along the Kettle River. This area is characterized by tree-covered banks that flank the Kettle. St. Croix State Park has 75 miles of bridle paths. Read more: