Rosemount, Minnesota State Parks

Rosemount, Minnesota State Parks
Rosemount, Minnesota, is located close to the region of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and has a great many natural recreational areas at its doorstep. With a plethora of state parks within easy driving distance and an abundance of outdoor activities available, it is little wonder that thousands of wildlife and outdoors enthusiasts are drawn to the area.

Afton State Park

Situated in Washington County, Afton State Park is a 1,700-acre park that offers hiking trails, mountain biking and camping. During the winter months there are also opportunities to cross-country ski or traverse any number of the scenic trails by snowshoe. As well as an abundance of breathtaking vistas and endless trails through the park, there is also a swimming beach open to the public throughout the summer season. For those wishing to camp at Afton State Park there are 28 rustic-style campsites ideal for backpackers and outdoors enthusiasts, and a site specifically designated for canoeists, plus two other sites for large camping groups. There are good sanitation facilities located within the park including flush toilets and washrooms near the visitor center. With so much to do year-round, Afton State Park is a great place to experience the Minnesota wilderness.

Afton State Park
Afton, MN 55001
(866) 857-2757

Fort Snelling

With an urban location, Fort Snelling is a welcome respite in the heart of the Twin Cities. Trails lead from the park into the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and, as a result, offer some of the best hiking and biking in the area. With an abundance of recreational facilities available there is something for everyone. Visitors can discover the military history of the park and hike the trail that leads to the fort itself, or for those seeking a more relaxing pasttime there is a great many locations for fishing along the Minnesota River and in the park lake. Fort Snelling is home to a wealth of wildlife including foxes, painted turtles and white-tailed deer. Some of these animals might be spotted as you walk the numerous nature trails in the park. For younger visitors, there are two playgrounds and also picnic areas, ideal for family days out. Also in the park are a volleyball court and a golf course. Designed solely for day visitors and recreational use, there is no camping allowed in the park, however, it is open year-round from 8 a.m until 10 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road
Fort Snelling, MN 55111
(612) 725-2389

Skatah Lake State Park

Open year-round, Sakatah Lake is fed by the Cannon River and is a haven for canoeists, kayakers and fishing enthusiasts alike. Home to a great variety of songbirds, deer and coyote, Sakatah Lake is made up of wetlands, hardwood forest and open fields across nearly 900 acres of land. As well as the many canoeing and fishing opportunities, this is an ideal place to have a picnic, and there are several picnic locations around the park with some including fire pits and standing grills. For bike riders, there are nearly 3 miles of paved trails where the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail passes through the park. There are also moderate hiking trails within the park as well as a 5-mile cross-country ski trail for the winter season.

Sakatah Lake State Park
Morristown, MN 55052
(507) 362-4438

Article Written By Rina Shah

Rina Shah is a law student with degrees in psychology and business administration from the University of Texas and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. She has worked in law, nonprofits, information technology and teaching. Shah has over five years of experience writing for various purposes on the job and more than 10 years of academic writing.

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