Fort Snelling State Park

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Fort Snelling sits at the confluence of two great rivers, and it sits at the convergence of two great cities as well. Surrounded by the skyscrapers and freeways of Minneapolis and St. Paul, this 3,400-acre state park preserves a portion of wild land for recreation and wildlife. Its wide, easy trails wander through a riverine environment of large cottonwood, silver maple, ash, and willow that shelter you—at least temporarily—from the bustle of city life. The park features many miles of hiking and biking trails that will take you to Minnehaha and a chain of lakes northwest of Fort Snelling. History buffs should take special note of this area, as the region boasts a unique past that is highlighted throughout the park.
Hiking Minnesota

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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

Fort Snelling sits at the confluence of two great rivers, and it sits at the convergence of two great cities as well. Surrounded by the skyscrapers and freeways of Minneapolis and St. Paul, this 3,400-acre state park preserves a portion of wild land for recreation and wildlife.

Its wide, easy trails wander through a riverine environment of large cottonwood, silver maple, ash, and willow that shelter you—at least temporarily—from the bustle of city life. The park features many miles of hiking and biking trails that will take you to Minnehaha and a chain of lakes northwest of Fort Snelling. History buffs should take special note of this area, as the region boasts a unique past that is highlighted throughout the park.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Minneapolis
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round, day use only
Trailhead Elevation: 700 feet
Top Elevation: 730 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN; main of ce (612) 725-2389, visitor center (612) 725-2724, reservations (866) 857-2757 or www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks
Local Maps: USGS St. Paul West
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Snelling State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

5/4/2008
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Great 10k walk; very easy and scenic. Great State Park right in the middle of town.



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