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Itasca State Park

U.S. Highway 71, Lake Itasca, MN
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Lake Itasca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Traveler Description: Itasca State Park is located in the northern half of central Minnesota.   The headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River lie within the park.  Just... more »
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Visited the park in fall last year.it was awesome colors of nature. Took a leisure biking trip up the park and it was interesting. The walk in the colored trees and time with nature was relaxing.

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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Itasca State Park is one of Minnesota's wonders. A must for any visitor to the area and for Minnesotans as well. Kids love to get wet at the Headwaters of the Mississippi

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lake Itasca State Park is a great place for many reasons. It's the oldest Minnesota State Park, and the size and remoteness of certain areas of the park are breathtaking. We went for a two night camping trip, and left with the feeling there was so much more we could have seen and done. No matter what your hobbies are... More

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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277 reviews 277 reviews
133 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Birthplace of the Mississippi and so much more. The main part of the park is styled much like the National Parks are with a visitor center and giant cabins to stay in. When we came on Labor day weekend there were a lot of people here. Once we got out onto the trails we discovered the nature side of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I loved my stay in Itasca. The backpacking was fairly nominally difficult, but it was incredibly pretty. There are so many lakes and trails that wind around the park you could get lost for days. The campsite was also really nice. The outhouse toilet by it was in great condition and looked new. The campsite itself was alone, secluded, and... More

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A definite Woo-Hoo thing to do. The chance to walk across the Mississippi. The whole state park is beautiful. If you are into biking this is a good choice. We were there for the Mississippi headwaters, and were not disappointed. There is a small rock dam where the "river" starts. A large pool is formed at the beginning about 1'... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

So where else can you go to walk across the Mississippi River? We were in New Orleans in January, and since we were northbound this summer, we decided to head to the source. From the parking area it's a short and comfortable walk to where the river emerges from Lake Itasca. It's easy to roll up your jeans and walk... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We had not been to Itasca for years so were very impressed with the facilities and condition of the park on this visit. We camped in the Pine Ridge campground which offered great facilities plus electricity and access to the trail system. The Park has built and is expanding its bicycle trail system which is a great way to see... More

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Waite Park, Minnesota, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The park is huge with the state's largest red and white pine trees and of course the origin of the mighty Mississippi River as it flows out of Lake Itasca. You can wade across the Mississippi or walk across from stone to stone. Kids love it! The park is rich with wildlife and other scenery. It makes for a great... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My family LOVES Itasca State Park. We have been traveling to Northern MN since I was young (20+ years) and Itasca is always a great place to visit. We often bike around the park to the different sites. This would be a wonderful place to camp and do other outdoor activities as well. There are different places to rent athletic... More

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