Fort Snelling State Park, Saint Paul

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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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  • We’ve been on some fabulous tours here. Not all of history is pretty and Fort Snelling does a great job of showing it off realistically. Also, a beautiful place to hike around and explore.  more »
  • Today, Minnesota and the Mississippi River are the middle of the continental USA. But in the early 19th century, this was the frontier. The Fort captures life in that very different time. I left wonde...  more »
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  • It's a pretty unimpressive state park. It's something that I always frequent here and there due to it being an option to get outside when in the cities for a weekend, but it's lacking anything I'd define as being "nice" for a state park. There's a swimming beach that's better than nothing I guess. A boat landing that isn't maintained, wouldn't be much better if it was, and doesn't offer an option for night fishing since the park closes at 10pm. This doesn't seem necessary since there's no camping. Why not leave the park open all night? There's a staffed employee that patrols the park after hours, so why not put in a couple lights along the paths up to the boat ramp at least and give the public access to it? Why not make Ft. Snelling the only 24 hour state park? There aren't any campers for a late night park user to disturb. It's right next to the airport so it's never truly dark....the entire park is already lit up to where if people wanted to walk through the woods at night, why not let them? Not everyone works M-F from 9-5, why limit their access to the public land and natural resources they share ownership of? Those people could benefit from getting outside too. There's someone paid to patrol it already, for what? To try to keep out the couple occasional people trying to sneak in? Why? Put in a few street lights, upgrade the landing, open the gates without closing them again, and let the people use their park.
  • I have been golfing at Fort Snelling over 20 years now and I still love to golf there, in fact, it’s actually my favorite and most visited golf course ever! I actually learned how to golf on this course and I usually suggest it as a good learning course, whenever I talk to someone trying to get into golfing. For 9 holes it has a great variety of holes(par 3-5) with a little ease and some difficulty.

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