I know the weather is brisk, and we still have snow on the ground, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the great Minnesota outdoors, especially as a 'Free State Park Day' approaches. 

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This Saturday, February 19th, entry fees to all 75 Minnesota state parks will be waived.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hopes this encourages all residents to get outside and explore some of Minnesota's best parks and trails. 

Of course, there is no shortage of great parks throughout the state, but if you need help planning a trip, try out one of these stellar parks. 

Most Visited State Parks In Minnesota: Is Your Favorite in the List?

Minnesota has 75 beautiful state parks. The parks have an average of 9,700,000 visitors each year. Interestingly enough, nearly 19% of park visitors come from other states and countries, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Now, my favorite State Park is Jay Cooke in Carlton, MN, but it did not break into the top 5.

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