Benefits of Parks and Trails

The good life in Minnesota


Direct jobs supported by outdoor recreation in Minnesota.


of Minnesotans say outdoor recreation is an important part of their lives.

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Every $1 spent on bike trails and walking paths saves an estimated $3 in health costs.

American Heart Association

Doctor's orders: Take a Hike


of Minnesotans say they would walk or bike more if they had better access to trails


People who live near parks and trails are 50 percent more likely to by physically active.

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Four men biking on Willard Munger State Trail

When Minnesota tourists are asked what they are visiting, parks and trails rank second behind family and friends.

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Minnesota Tourism is Big Business


of leisure travelers visit regional, state or national parks


of state park visitors on overnight trips stay in private resorts or campgrounds.
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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous


Minnesota's Special Places


Endangered, threatened, and rare species are protected in Minnesota State Parks.


of Minnesota’s bird species are found in Minnesota State Parks.
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Blue Mounds by Tanya O'Leary