Halfway between the cities of Duluth and Minneapolis is where campers can find the state-run St. Croix Campground. This idyllic slice of nature in eastern Minnesota is just a short drive from Interstate 35, easy to reach with a campervan rental. Visitors to this mesmerizing part of the country can expect scenic natural beauty and an abundance of recreation areas on either side of the nearby St. Croix River, which separates Wisconsin and Minnesota. No matter what side of the river you find yourself on, you'll enjoy your visit when you rent an RV near St. Croix Campground.The campgrounds at St. Croix State Park offer options for primitive tent camping, large motorhomes, and everything in between. In addition to the premium camping sites equipped with electricity and water, there are canoe-access campsites, horse trail campsites, backpacker walk-in campsites, and group campsites for large families and events. The group camping sites have camping centers complete with bathrooms, showers, and lodging facilities as well.There are numerous shower buildings at St. Croix Campground, one for each camping loop. Bathrooms are scattered throughout the RV park, so guests don’t need to walk too far to find these facilities. Aside from sleeping at the park, visitors can go for a hike on one of the many trails winding through the forest, or go fishing in the St. Croix River that runs adjacent to the camping area. A gift shop, visitor center, picnic shelter, and swimming beach provide even more reasons to choose this lovely destination when you need a place to stay in your Hinckley camper rental.
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It's only natural that people exploring this evergreen Minnesota wonderland want to get out and see the beauty in person. A series of gorgeous state parks and forests are easy to reach when you're camping at St. Croix Campground. The 33,000-acre St. Croix State Park is considered the largest state park in Minnesota, with stunning forest land alongside the scenic St. Croix River. There are campsites, nature trails, and swimming areas in addition to fishing spots, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and ample space to canoe or kayak.On either side of St. Croix State Park, there are large state forests that further add to the amount of greenery one can see around the area. The St. Croix State Forest also has riverfront access, making it a popular place to go canoeing or kayaking. Over 40 miles of trails weave through the forest, making it easy to hike, bike, ride horses, or off-road with ATVs or snowmobiles. Hunting and fishing are also possibilities while visiting either St. Croix State Forest or Chengwatana State Forest, found on the opposite side of the state park. All three of the parks and forests are connected by a series of natural trails that make for great long-distance hikes.Banning State Park is just off of Interstate 35, on the banks of the Kettle River to the west of St. Croix Campground. When you book an RV in Pine County, a quick ride is all it takes to get to the park known for its dramatic sandstone rock formations, captivating waterfalls, and historic rock quarries. Along with a small campground and a series of interpretive trails, the park has a few miles of intense whitewater rapids that adventurers from all over come to kayak or raft through.
Hinckley is one of the closest towns to St. Croix Campground, so guests can head into town at any point to do some shopping or dining, among other things. There might not be a whole lot going on in this sleepy town, but a few points of interest can capture your attention like the Hinckley Fire Museum. This unique museum pays respects to the 400 people who perished in a massive fire that enveloped the small town in 1894. Nearly 200,000 acres of land were decimated when forest fires merged and unleashed chaos in the area.In addition to the Hinckley Fire Museum, there is the Great Hinckley Fire Monument that continues to tell the story of the fire while honoring the lives lost. A visit to the museum is recommended first to appreciate the gravity of the event and the monumental losses sustained.Duluth is not too far away when you rent an RV near St. Croix Campground, so anything else you might be hoping to see can be found in this mid-sized city on the shores of Lake Superior. There are lots of historical sites and museums to see in Duluth, but the Great Lakes Aquarium offers an experience unlike any other. The three-story building is one of the only aquariums in the country to focus on freshwater ecosystems and marine life. Tons of hands-on exhibits, displays, and demonstrations help create a magical learning environment for people of all ages.