This is a land of many rivers and streams, winding their way through the woods that border the I-35 corridor connecting the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area to Duluth. The longest is the St. Croix, a National Wild and Scenic River forming Minnesota’s eastern border here; it’s a popular canoe route. Head east from Hinckley to access the river at St. Croix State Park. The Kettle River tumbles through rocky rapids at Banning State Park near Sandstone, and the St. Louis leaps through a rocky gorge at Jay Cooke State Park at Carlton.
Interesting tales from the area’s past are told at the North West Company Fur Post at Pine City, the Hinckley Fire Museum , an d the Agate and Geological Center at Moose Lake State Park. Cyclists and snowmobilers enjoy the Willard Munger State Trail.