Fort Ridgely State Park

Fairfax, Minnesota

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This fort was the site of attacks during the US- Dakota War of 1862. There are remnants of the fort still visible, with one building restored. The park’s visitor center has displays about the war and the fort itself, and is open in the summer, but the fort’s grounds are open daily to explore the ruins. There are 8 miles of hiking trails and 10 miles of horse trails, although riders are cautioned to call ahead to check the condition of those trails. A paved trail leads to the nearby town of Fairfax. The campsites are along Fort Ridgely Creek, near the park’s 9-hole golf course. Pets are allowed.
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by Amy Rea (Falcon Guides)

This fort was the site of attacks during the US- Dakota War of 1862. There are remnants of the fort still visible, with one building restored. The park’s visitor center has displays about the war and the fort itself, and is open in the summer, but the fort’s grounds are open daily to explore the ruins.

There are 8 miles of hiking trails and 10 miles of horse trails, although riders are cautioned to call ahead to check the condition of those trails. A paved trail leads to the nearby town of Fairfax. The campsites are along Fort Ridgely Creek, near the park’s 9-hole golf course. Pets are allowed.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Fairfax
Campsites: 75
Season: Apr-Oct
Additional Use: Golfing, Hiking, Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: (866) 857-2757; www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/fort_ridgely/index.html
Fees per Night: $10-$20+
Facilities: Picnic tables, fire rings, hiking and biking trails, horse trails, historic site, golf course, flush and non-flush toilets, wheelchair- accessible toilets, showers, drinking water, dump station (seasonal).
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Ridgely State Park

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