The Twin Cities Metro Area offers tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities. This unique urban area features three rivers, a multitude of beautiful lakes, and an amazing web of scenic hiking trails. There is also now a “Wilderness Youth Campsite” at Ft. Snelling State Park that Wilderness Inquiry was proud to help establish with our friends at the Minnesota DNR. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul recently received #1 rankings by the Trust for Public Lands on their fabulous park systems. Join us in exploring the great city, county, regional, state, and federal park systems in our own backyard. The combination of beautiful natural resources, countless recreational opportunities, and a close-to-home location makes these parks an excellent choice for creating lasting memories with your family or group. Join us canoeing, fishing, hiking, camping, and more.
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About the AreaThe landscapes of the Twin Cities metropolitan area have been shaped over time by the elements that define our region: snow and water. Everywhere you look in Minnesota there is evidence of our glacial past. Since the glaciers moved onward, humans have taken over and directed the modern history of the land.
Evidence suggests that people have lived in the region for almost 12,000 years. Throughout this history, the major rivers in the area have served for navigation, and travel, and for fishing and hunting. The lakes and prairies that dominate the oak savanna ecosystems of southern and central Minnesota have also offered excellent fishing and hunting.
Eventually, these regions offered excellent farming conditions to the people of the area as well. All of these conditions came together creating the potential to harness the power of the Mississippi River for energy and shipping in the 19th century. This resulted in a milling boom in the in the Twin Cities area. The industrial growth spurred a population boom and the need to preserve open spaces became apparent. Many urban areas across our nation have struggled to scrape together park spaces, which are few and far between. Long ago, residents of the Twin Cities began planning for the future, and we have them to thank for the wonderful park systems alive today.Read more »