Cart-in and walk-in camping

Tent in a walk-in campsite at Afton State Park. Photo by Carrie Patz.


Cart-in and walk-in campsites in Minnesota state parks are not accessible by motor vehicle, but are a half mile or less from parking. All sites typically have access to primitive toilets and water, and will have a fire ring, picnic table, and tent pad.

Cart-in campsites will have a large cart available at the parking area to help you carry gear; walk-in sites have the same amenities as cart-in sites, but do not provide a cart. 

Seasonal availability varies by park. Pets are allowed but must be leashed and attended at all times.

Coming to the park? Know the "key three:"

  1. Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit, check current visitor alerts and download maps in advance of your trip. Services and facilities may be limited, so bring everything you might need.
  2. Play it safe. Give full attention to your surroundings. Know your personal limits and don't take unnecessary risks.
  3. Follow the rules. Continue to follow all COVID-related guidance, and practice social distancing -- even outdoors. Help keep parks and trails pristine by staying on trails and disposing of trash properly.

Call 866-857-2757

October - March
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
April - September
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Daily

Call center is closed holidays.
Reservations policy and FAQ

Make a reservation

Online reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, 24 hours a day, except for the first day a reservation becomes available. On that first day, reservations cannot be made online before 8 a.m.

Make a reservation »

A non-refundable reservation fee ($10.00 for call center/$7.00 for web) is charged for each advance reservation.


Locations and fees

Rate is per site, per night, and includes tax.
Click on column headings to sort.