Schoolcraft State Park near Deer River, Minnesota provides a glimpse of the Mississippi River as it probably looked when Henry Schoolcraft made his historic journey to become the first white man to discover its headwaters. The park is quite secluded and features 300 year old white pines. Stay at the developed campground or the group camp for a quieter experience than at most other Minnesota State Parks.
The park essentially only has one trail: the Hiking Club Trail. You can hike around the entire park in less than an hour. The scenery is excellent, with tall trees and wild rice growing on the banks of the Mississippi River.