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Itasca State Park

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Address: 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN 56470, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470
Phone Number: 218-699-7251
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Founded in 1891, Minnesota's oldest state park encompasses 32,000 acres and...

Founded in 1891, Minnesota's oldest state park encompasses 32,000 acres and is known for its large amount of pine trees.

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We have enjoyed this park year round. It's a very large park with great bike trails, hiking trails, boat rentals, year-round cabins (although the dining area is closed in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MankatoJim
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North Mankato, Minnesota
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North Mankato, Minnesota
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93 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have enjoyed this park year round. It's a very large park with great bike trails, hiking trails, boat rentals, year-round cabins (although the dining area is closed in the winter). We stay at the "suites" in the winter and enjoy the solitude of the park with snowshoeing. There are separate snow shoe areas from skiing and from snow mobiles.... More 

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Naples, Florida
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful day in the park. Stayed in Alexandra. Two he plus trip but well worth drive. Have been in Florida for 8 yrs. loved returning to Midwest during Fall tree color season. I would highly recommend this park for scenic drive.

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Kokomo, Indiana
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We'd seen a TV show about Itasca SP and the headwaters of the Mississippi and decided we had to visit and walk across. It was well worth our time and so fun thinking about how impossible this would be farther south where it becomes "mighty". We were there on a Sunday so it got a little crowded, but not overwhelming.... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We dropped in here on a Thursday evening on a fall drive of Minnesota. The colors hadn't quite turned yet, but the park was spectacular all the same! We had the Mississippi River origin almost completely to ourself, and walked on the stones across several times! It was the highlight of my 7-year old's day! Sadly, we didn't have enough... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

If I could, I would take my family there every year. I love this park and every time I visit, I always see something new and wonderful. It is such a relaxing place to ride bike, hike or just drive through.

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Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited Itasca State Park over the weekend; on what happened to be the warmest day of fall. Record setting temps, 90 at the peak of the day! With the shade of the tall trees, hiking through the forest wasn't too unbearable. We stopped for snacks at Itasca Sports and continued our hike up to the headwaters.... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Everything about this park is amazing! They have awesome trails to bike or walk on, fishing with boat rentals, picnic areas with fire rings and cabins to rent everything about this park is amazing! They have awesome trails to bike or walk on, fishing with boat rentals, picnic areas with fire rings and lots of lodging options. Anyone and everyone... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We really enjoyed our two days in this gem in the Minnesota north woods. It really reminds one more of a small national park than a typical state park with great hiking trails, untouched old growth forests and good quality rustic lodging. We will certainly try to return

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Otsego, Minnesota
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This state park has so many things to do for people of all ages. Getting to the headwaters of the Mississippi is an easy, short walk from the Mary Gibbs Center. There you will find plenty of photo ops - you can walk across rocks from one side to another (though they are slippery, so use caution), walk across a... More 

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Collinsville, Il
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The lake is in a wonderful setting and is the head-water of the Mississippi River. You can wade across the river at that point or cross on a bridge that is about 6 feet wide.

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