State Parks Hiking Club logo: shoe print on a trail.

Hiking Club

The best way to get to know the natural state of Minnesota is step by step. You can do that by becoming a member of Minnesota State Parks' Hiking Club.

The Hiking Club combines the best elements of an expedition, a classroom, and a treasure hunt. As a club member, you hike on selected trails which wind through Minnesota's most beautiful settings. Plus, you earn awards as you hike!

Earn a colorful patch after hiking 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 175 and all miles. Hike 100 miles and you'll also receive a coupon for a free night* of camping. Complete all the miles and your rewards will include a free night* of camping plus an engraved plaque. All you have to do is hike the trails marked with a "Hiking Club" sign, enter the park password in your book (the password is posted at the midpoint of the trail), and you're on your way.

A Hiking Club kit costs $14.95 and can be purchased at most state parks or by calling or stopping by the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, 1-888-646-6367. No doubt, you'll enjoy the rewards. But the Club's best rewards are the one you'll receive along the way: the unforgettable sights, the experiences, and the memories of hiking in Minnesota State Parks.

Passport Club

Passport Club

Do you love to travel and win perks along the way? Answer yes to the question and you'll want to become a member of the Minnesota State Park Passport Club. All you need is your Passport Club kit ($14.95), a sense of adventure, a desire to explore, and a set of wheels.

As a Passport Club member, your goal is to visit Minnesota's magnificent state parks from Afton to Zippel Bay. During your treks you'll see marvelous sights and discover fantastic places like Soudan Underground Mine, 2,400 feet beneath the earth's surface.

To sweeten the deal, you'll be rewarded for your travels! When you visit 25 parks you'll receive a coupon for a free night* of camping and a pin. Complete your visits to all state parks and you'll be awarded a free night* of camping plus a handsome Passport Club plaque to display.

A Passport Club kit costs $14.95 and can be purchased at most state parks or by calling or stopping by the DNR Information Center.


*Free camping coupons cover the cost of campsite only. Fees for other amenities such as electricity or water and sewer hookups are extra.