Wild River State Park
This is a commute you'll want to make a ritual. Fifty-five miles northeast of the cities, Wild River State Park gives visitors the feeling that civilization doesn't exist. More than 30 miles of trail snake throughout the park that hugs the St. Croix River. What makes Wild River a treasure is its utility. Seven easy hiking trails such as the wildflowers-laden River Terrace Loop, which crests on the north end by climbing 164 winding steps, are complemented by four slightly more challenging options. For hikers wanting to feel the burn, the Aspen Knob Loop's steep hills and Grizzly Adams terrain calls out. It's one of the park's two most challenging trails, with scattered pines decorating the way. One cautionary word: Mosquitoes love Wild River State Park too. But they're easily outsmarted by visiting the park in early spring and late fall.