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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  • A lovely state park located at the south end of Minneapolis. It has many walking trails through woods, a small lake and the Missisippi River to walk to, picknic, fish, etc.There is no camping. Take a ...  more »
  • This state park has things to do year round. Attended family day in the park. REI was there and supported people in learning about cross country skiing, provided the equipment. Other groups had fishin...  more »
  • There are many hiking trails, fishing, swimming and of course the historic fort in this state park. It's a great place to pack a picnic & spend the day immersed in nature, without having to travel far...  more »
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  • Was down at the dog park. A wonderful place for dogs who enjoy exploring and marking plants, running and playing fetch in the water or on a beach. The Mississippi has a strong current so always make sure your dog is a good swimmer before throwing out too far. The people also make a dog park, and so far people are responsible and respectful. Make sure your dog is trained to come when called before using this park, there are many places to hide and "get lost" exploring.
  • We LOVE fort snelling!! Lots of beautiful trails to walk in summer and winter. Beautiful rivers and lakes. We've seen fireflies in the summer too! It truly is one of our favorite places to enjoy in the Twin cities. We always take our out-of-town guests here when they come for a visit.
  • This was a neat area to come and visit, and I will have to return to really get a chance to explore. I only got to explore the exterior grounds as the main attraction was closed with all the area schools on field trips. The gate keeper was kind in explaining this and did take time to explain a little of what I would have saw had there not been field trips.
  • One of my favorite places to go in the Twin Cities! Beautiful natural spaces, decent facilities-including a lovely Visitor's Center-and awesome programs.
  • Wonderful forested state park on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, terrific for tracking, hiking, kayaking. Helpful naturalists, plenty of track and sign, and free tracking club from 9-noon on the third Sunday of each month.
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