Fort Snelling State Park

Fort Snelling State Park

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!

Fort Snelling State Park

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.

Interpretive Center

Fort Snelling state park interpretive center

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.

Hiking Club

Fort Snelling state park hiking club

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.

Nearby Attractions

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.

Passport Club

Learn more about my goal to visit all of Minnesota’s State Parks this year.

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Fort Snelling State Park is located just between Minneapolis and St. Paul in the Twin Cities and is the perfect staycation travel destination or day trip for the family or even a fun dog walk. Explore the great outdoors, see the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers converge and learn about the history of the area and the role it played in the Dakota Conflict. Truly a location that belongs on your Minnesota Bucket List

6 Thoughts on “Fort Snelling State Park

  1. You’ve got me dreaming of spring :) I can’t wait for the park to green up again!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on March 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm said:

      I couldn’t agree more! Part of the reason I posted this was to try and tempt the weather into working with us ;-)

  2. Wow, those pictures are lovely! Looks like you had a great time!!

  3. Tamara @ Parenting 2 Home KidsNo Gravatar on March 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm said:

    Thanks for the reminder of spring and of my visit to this wonderful place. I visited Fort Snelling when they had a reenactment of the troops returning. I would recommend you check for special events at this and other living history sites. I find they really add to the experience.

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on March 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm said:

      That’s an awesome idea! I’ve been to the Historic Fort for a few of those events but didn’t know they did them at the park too- Thanks for the awesome tip!!

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