Map of Parks & Trails Council's Land Project Sites

Each place has a unique story that led to it becoming part of Minnesota’s parks and trails. Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota steps in when most needed, sometimes that has been to create an entire park, other times, to purchase a small yet invaluable parcel, without which, the park or trail would have lost part of what makes it so special.


Click a dragonfly on the map to explore these stories.

Land Project Listing

Each special place has a unique story about becoming part of Minnesota’s parks and trails. Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota steps in when most needed, sometimes that has been to create an entire park, other times, to purchase a small yet invaluable parcel, without which, the park or trail would have lost part of what makes it so special. Click on the park or trail name below to explore these stories.

Parks

Beach at Afton State ParkAfton State Park

Map of MN with star at Afton State ParkLand Saved: 897 acres

Percent of Park: 55%

Most Recent Acquisition: 1996

Go to Afton Project Page

boy climbing on boulder at Banning

Banning State Park

Map of Mn with star at Banning State ParkLand Saved: 228 of scenic trails and bouldering areas along the Kettle River

Most Recent Acquisition: 2013

Go to Banning Project page

Lake with evergreens in foreground (Photo by MN Photos courtesy Flickr Creative Commons)

Bear Head Lake State Park

Land Saved: 116 acres

Percent of Park: 2%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2001

Go to Bear Head Lake project page

plants in the bog

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Land Saved: 40 acres that provide access to the bogwalk

Most Recent Acquisition: 2003

Go to Big Bog Project Page

People touring Little Elk Preserve Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Map of MN with Charles A Lindbergh pinpointedLand Saved: 94

Percent of Park: 16%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2001

Go to Project Page

Crow Wing State Park

Map of MN with star at Crow Wing State ParkLand Saved: 361 acres of land rich in history

Percent of Park: 16%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2012

Go to Project Page

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Map of Mn pinpointing Cuyuna Country SRA & state trailLand Saved: 196 acres of formerly private campground that is now a campground for the park

Percent of Park: 7%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2008

Go to Project Page

dewy spider web

 

Forestville-Mystery Cave State ParkMN Map pinpointing Forestville-Mystery Cave SP

Land Saved: 66 acres that preserved a pastoral landscape unaltered from the time of settlement in the 19th century

Most Recent Acquisition: 2005

Go to Project Page

Fort Snelling State Park

Land Saved: 48.5 acres that saved an important trail link and rare calcareous fen

Most Recent Acquisition: 1991

Go to Project Page

People walking in tall grass among the oaks

Frontenac State Park

Land Saved:  897 acres that protect majestic bluff views, oak savanna and a creek

Percent of Park: 12%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2017

Go to Project Page

cascading Manitou River

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Land Saved:  2,260 acres

Percent of Park: 36.5%

Most Recent Project: 2009

Go to Project Page

Grand Portage State Park

Map of MN with star at Grand Portage State ParkLand Saved:  278 Acres that protect the tallest waterfall in Minnesota and land rich in Ojibwe and fur trade history

Percent of Park: 100%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2008

Go to Project Page

Fishing boat on Greenleaf LakeGreenleaf Lakes State Recreation Area

Land Saved: 386 acresMap of MN with star at Greenleaf Lake SRA

Percent of Park: 100%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2003

Go to Project Page

Yellow marshgrasses with lake in distance

Irving & John Anderson County Park

Map of MN with star at Anderson ParkLand Saved: 32 acres

Percent of Park: 10%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2016

Go to Anderson Park Project Page

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

lichen covered rocky lakeshore with evergreens in distance

Land Saved: 3 acres  – A rocky, pine forested island nestled within Lake Vermilion’s Cable Bay

Most Recent Acquisition: 2014

Go to Project Page

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park pinpointed on MNSplit Rock Lighthouse with sunset in background. Photo by Jelieta Walinski

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Land Saved: 273 acres (13% of the park) protecting Gold Rock Point, and land for both the Superior Hiking Trail the Gitchi Gami State Trail.

Most Recent Acquisition: 2010

Go to Project Page

Tettegouche State Park

Land Saved: 282 acres

Most Recent Acquisition: 2013

Go to Project Page

MN Map pinpointing Whitewater State ParkOverook from the bluff. Photo by Mark Lissick

Whitewater State Park

Land Saved: 282 acres

Percent of Park: 10%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2007

Go to Project Page

Minnesota outline with star at William O'Brien State ParkOld farmland with grassesWilliam O’Brien State Park

Land Saved: 1,014 acres

Percent of Trail: 46%

Most Recent Acquisition: 2010

Go to Project Page

We are working to update the full list of land projects. Come back soon.

Trails

MN Map pinpointing Cannon Valley TrailBicyclist on the Cannon Valley trail

Cannon Valley Regional Trail

Land Saved: 19 miles

Percent of Trail: 100%

Most Recent Acquisition: 1984

Go to Project Page

Farm in distance with trail in front

Casey Jones State Trail

pinpointing Casey Jones State Trail on Minnesota

Land Saved: 0.58 acres for a trailhead in Lake Wilson

Most Recent Acquisition: 2015

Go to Project Page

fall along Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

Cuyuna Lakes State Trail

Map of Mn pinpointing Cuyuna Country SRA & state trail

Land Saved: 16.3 acres for a trailhead

Most Recent Acquisition: 2010

Go to Project Page

Map of Mn pinpointing Gateway-Brown's Creek State TrailBicyclists riding at underpass

Gateway State Trail

Land Saved: 10 miles to create the trail in partnership with the MnDNR, plus providing the legal challenge that won a landmark rails-to-trails case

Most Recent Acquisition: 1980

Go to Project Page

MN Image Mill Towns State TrailMill Towns State Trail near Lake Bylessby

Mill Stowns State Trail

Land Saved: 65 acres along the Cannon River, critical to building the bridge at Lake Byllesby Dam

Most Recent Acquisition: 2013

Go to Project Page

MN Map pinpointing Paul Bunyan State TrailGroup ride on Paul Bunyan State Trail in Crow Wing

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Land Saved: 144 acres, about 2.5 miles of trail

Most Recent Acquisition: 2006

Go to Project Page

The rolling grasslands with pond at Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park & Glacial Lakes State Trail

Map of Mn with star at Sibley State ParkLand Saved: 173 acres of rolling grasslands being restored to prairie, land that will connect the park with a state trail, and shoreline of Lake Andrew and Swan Lake

Most Recent Acquisition: 2014

Go to Project Page

We are working to update the full list of land projects. Come back soon.