Fort Snelling State Park

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55450

Fort Snelling State Park

Fort Snelling State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Fort Snelling State Park Trip Reports

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8/9/2008
Nice quiet uncrowded trail to ride - easy ride out and back.
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5/4/2008
Great 10k walk; very easy and scenic. Great State Park right in the middle of town.
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1/1/2001
This little network of trails is a great getaway if you happen to live nearby. One can choose to ride the main paved trail, or branch off on singletrack trails. There is not a lot of technical difficulty, so I don't recommend driving there if that is what you're after. Actually, there are far better trails in the area to drive to, but if you are nearby, it is quite nice. There can be a lot of mud and or sand on the course, so the season makes a huge difference in the quality of the riding. Generally, late summer and early fall would be best. This area is fairly flat, so anyone should be able to enjoy this trail.
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Trail Information

Minneapolis
Nearby City
3.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.25 hours
Duration
Year-round, day use only
Season
700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
730 feet
Top Elevation
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 Contacts
USGS St. Paul West
Local Maps

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