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Fort Snelling State Park, Saint Paul

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Fort Snelling State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Its most notable feature is the historic Fort Snelling, which dates from 1820. The fort itself is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society and requires a separate entrance fee. The bulk of the state park preserves the bottomland forest, rivers, and backwater lakes below the river bluffs. The park was opened in 1962. Both the State Park and Historic Fort are part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a National Park Service site.
As of 2005, the park hosts 400,000 visitors annually and contains the restored fort, a visitor center, 18mi of cross-country skiing trails, 18mi of hiking trails, and 5mi of biking trails. These trails connect the park to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Minnehaha Park, and regional trail systems like the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and the Big Rivers Regional Trail. Minnesota State Highway 55 crosses over the park on the Mendota Bridge, and many jets taking off and landing at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport fly directly over the park.
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  • Beautiful area that is somewhat hidden even though it is right in middle of the city with several major thoroughfares nearby. I came here to hike the Pike Island Loop along the Mississippi and...  more »
  • My wife and I hiked the Pike Island loop in February. It was about 45 degrees and sunny so things were melting quite a bit. The loop is about 3.5 miles all together and it took us about two hours. It....  more »
  • This place is great. Good playground. Easy boat access. The pavilion has two big wood grills. Great spot for a family picnic or just a bit of angling. Lake trout a plenty. Enjoy
  • This is a hidden gem in the Twin Cities. There are a variety of walking trails,jogging trails. Also people walking their dogs and biking. In the Spring and Early Summer be aware of some flooding depending on rain and rising rivers. Ability to see two Rivers, some wildlife and a variety of plants along trails. Signage is excellent. Also there is a beach and fishing pier. There is an excellent interpretation center. Also bathrooms located inside as well as a gift shop.

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