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Fort Snelling State Park

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Fort Snelling State Park is located in heart of the Twin Cities metro area where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers meet.

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

Fort Snelling State Park

How to Get to Fort Snelling State Park: The park is located on Post Road at the juncture of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, just west of the main terminal exit for the International Airport.

Park Highlights:

  • This 3,400 acre park is located in the area where Zebulon Pike negotiated a treaty with the Dakota Indians. That land, situated at the confluence of the rivers, is now the park.
  • In 1819, Josiah Snelling and his troops built the fort which is not part of the park though is adjacent to it. The fort was given to the State of Minnesota and, in 1960, declared a National Historic Landmark.
  • The Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center offers interpretive exhibits, films and displays that highlight the history and resources of the park. Naturalist programs are offered year round.
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Fort Snelling State Park Attractions

Fort Snelling's Natural Attractions: This beautiful park is a welcome surprise because of its location surrounded by skyscrapers, highways and airport flyways. Locals love the opportunity to "get away from it all" so close to home.

The plain at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers is the setting for much of the recreation in the park. Large maple, ash, willow, cottonwood and aspen trees grow along the banks of the rivers. This environment shelters a variety of animals including deer, fox, woodchucks, wild turkeys, and coyotes. You are likely to see several types of turtles warming themselves in the sun on the riverbanks.

Things to Do in Fort Snelling State Park: Gather for a picnic at one of the many picnic sites. Picnic Island offers two shelters, one open and one enclosed. Both have electric outlets. Call the park to reserve. Swim at the beach and fish in the lake or the rivers. There is both drive-in and carry-in boat access and a fishing pier at Snelling Lake. You can also canoe, kayak, play on the 9-hole golf course and enjoy the two playgrounds.

The beach at Fort Snelling is on our list of Top 10 Minnesota Beaches.

There are 18 miles of hiking trails winding through the park; 5 miles of paved bike trails and 10 miles of mountain biking trails. In winter, 12 miles of trail are groomed for cross-country skiing, 6 miles are packed for multi-use and 3 miles of packed walking trails can be found on Pike Island. Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere except on groomed trails. A warming house with fireplace, vending machines and toilets is available in the Visitor Center.

Camping in Fort Snelling State Park: There are no campsites, or camping facilities, in the park. It is a day use only park. Flush toilets are available at the Park Office, Visitor Center, beach and picnic shelters. Vault toilets are available year round throughout the park.

More Attractions in This Region: Enjoy the attractions of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. You could shop, visit museums, eat in area restaurants and stay at our wonderful hotels.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Afton State Park > Minnesota Valley State Park > Frontenac State Park

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101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111
Phone: 612-725-2389 or Visitor Center: 612-725-2724
Fax: 612-725-2391
Email: fortsnelling.statepark@state.mn.us

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