Not only is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park great for outdoor recreation, it's also a designated National Historic Landmark thanks to its 9,000 years of human history. Glaciers carved the terrain here creating wonderful rolling hills interspersed with lakes and ponds. Although the park borders Mille Lacs Lake, it does not provide access to the lake via trails or waterways. However, there are several smaller lakes and the Rum River available for waterfront recreation. Spend the night in one of the two developed campgrounds, equestrian camp, or one of many backpack sites.
As the fourth largest Minnesota State Park, there are ample trails to explore. The Touch the Earth Trail is a short, wheelchair accessible trail through a bog, complete with interpretive signs. Visit the Landmark Trail to learn more about the fascinating history of the area. For a really long hike, head to the parking lot on Stark Road and do a nearly 8 mile loop.