Rapidan Dam Park, a few miles west of Rapidan, is adjacent to the Rapidan Dam and the locally famous Rapidan Dam Cafe & Store.
Rasmussen Woods, just off of Stoltzman Road in Mankato, is a nature sanctuary nestled in the heart of the city.
The Red Jacket Trail, south of Mankato, formally begins at Indian Creek Road where it continues from the West Mankato Trail and ends near the town of Rapidan.
The Rex Macbeth River Trail runs along the west side of the Minnesota River from Riverview Park near the intersections of US 169 and Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato and terminates at Kiwanis Park in the North.
Red Jacket Valley Park, located south Mankato on Highway 66, is one of the area's newest parks offering woodland trails and water access.
Schimek Park is a county park along the Maple River, outside of Good Thunder, with hiking trails, fishing access, and a meadow picnic shelter.
Located just north of Eagle Lake on the Sakatah Trail, this scenic spot offers a great stopover on your trail-trek.
Located in Sibley Park, in Mankato, Sibley Farm offers a small zoo and a playground.
One of the oldest and largest parks in Mankato, Sibley Park abounds with recreational and entertainment opportunities.
The Mankato area is a bikers dream with an extensive paved trail system, including the South Route Trail.