As of 2016, Minnesota has one National Park in Minnesota: Voyageurs National Park. Five other National Park Service units exist in Minnesota: Grand Portage National Monument, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, North Country National Scenic Trail, Pipestone National Monument and St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Voyageurs National Park opened in 1975 as the 36th national park in the United States. It includes 218,000 acres, of which one-third is water, requiring a boat to get around the park.
Voyageurs National Park covers 55 miles along the Minnesota border with Ontario, near International Falls. The park includes four large lakes and more than 1,000 islands. In the center of the park is Kabetogama Peninsula, which includes pine trees, inland lakes and cliffs. As of 2016, approximately 250,000 people visit per year. Fifty-four private homes are located in Voyageurs National Park, primarily on the islands.
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is also maintained by the National Park Service. This 200-mile waterway stretches through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visitors can boat, paddle and camp along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers that make up the riverway.
The North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. It travels through seven states from New York to North Dakota, linking historic and scenic sites along the way.