Fort Snelling State Park is one of the coolest state parks in Minnesota, especially considering its location and the populations that surround it. Nestled in the heart of the Twin Cities, between the mighty Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, it is truly a place that you need to visit- or at least put on your bucket list!
Cloudy skies, hardly any mosquitoes, and lots of lush green- This goal of mine sure does make for some beautiful settings and a nice escape from the world for an hour or two at a time! ❤️ #MNStateParks! #onlyinmn #picklestravelmnstateparks #FortSnelling #shotonmoment #captureminnesota #cloudyday #mndnr #landof10000lakes #mysaintpaul
Due to its location there are plenty of planes that will fly overhead and a few car traffic bridges become part of the scenery, but really that all just makes this part all the more captivating and beautiful.
An interpretive center down by Pike Island and the main parking lots is definitely worth the visit. Lots of information on the history of the area, including a Dakota Conflict Concentration Camp memorial of those that were imprisoned there from 1862-1863. Pretty powerful stuff. The staff at the center are incredibly friendly and knowledgable so ask some questions and learn!
An added bonus that you don’t always get in the middle of the state parks is that they have flush toilets!
Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers
There aren’t too many places where you can see two great rivers converge. Fort Snelling State Park is one of those great places. Walk around Pike Island and you’ll get to experience walking along the Mississippi River first and then the Minnesota River second. At the far point of the island you can enjoy the beauty that both rivers have to offer as they meet.
Walk the three mile loop around Pike Island for the hiking club password and some extraordinary views of the river(s). I loved all the trees and little side paths too so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to take it all in! Password is located near the point of the island.
Note: There are no camping facilities in this park.
A creepy night at Fort Snelling for the CSI: Fort Snelling from the MN historical society. Here's what convinced me to go. "It's murder most foul at Historic Fort Snelling! A soldier has been mysteriously killed on the post, and your help is needed. Can you crack the case and solve the mystery?" Sorry folks- it's over for the season, you'll have to wait until next year now to figure out whodunnit! #creepy #Halloween #onlyinmn #capturemn #inthedark #themidwestival #midwestmoment #mightymidwest #mnhs #teamnorth #stdothis
Historic Fort Snelling is a must-visit while you are exploring the park. If you’re feeling extra ambitious you can hike up to the MN Historical Society site from the state park, otherwise you can get there by car too.
Mall of America is another great destination if you need a people fix after spending time enjoying the peace and quiet of nature. Plus if you’re famished after your hike and can’t decide where to eat, this is your place!
Other Bloomington ideas and suggestions.
Update on my goal to see every MN State Park in a year- at 26- but fall is my favorite season and I have several big and small trips planned to catch up! Today was the perfect day to be out on the lake at Split Rock Creek State Park in way southwestern #Minnesota! Perfect temps, gorgeous skies, breeze that kept off the mosquitos and zero people!! My kind of heaven. #picklestravelmnstateparks #mnstateparks #splitrockcreek #onlyinsomn #lakelife #☁️?☁️ #☁️ #whpbookworm
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