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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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Description: Founded in 1891, Minnesota's oldest state park encompasses 32,000 acres...
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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Beautiful park but not for hikers

Ok as a lot of the trip advisor readers knows about me and my husband , we are hikers. We love the nature outdoor's life, we track wolves, bears, moose,elks,beavers ,coyotes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Weston, Florida
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Weston, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Ok as a lot of the trip advisor readers knows about me and my husband , we are hikers. We love the nature outdoor's life, we track wolves, bears, moose,elks,beavers ,coyotes, Foxes, and any mid size to large size mammal that it's free in the woods of the USA and Canada. This trip of 6 months we are in the... More 

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Burley, Idaho
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19 reviews 19 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Loved the fact you could walk across the Mississippi River at this gorgeous spot. Lots of good interpretive sights. The gift store closed early so we could not purchase any souvenirs.

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SIOUX FALLS
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We spent three days here. The Itasca suite was clean and really nice. To have a full kitchen was a plus. The park is amazing!! Nice trails! The head waters for Mississippi River is a must thing to see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

My wife and I come to Itasca almost every year. It's an amazing place for people to visit for all ages. We bring our friends up here and they always have a blast. Some things to check out are the historic Douglas Lodge, amazing bike trails, scenic walking path to the Old Timers Cabin, and of course the Mississippi Headwaters.... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

From all appearances Itasca State Park must be one of the most visited parks in the State. The facilities date from the beginning of the 20th Century to the recently constructed Lodge 6-Plex Suites. Everything is meticulously maintained and respectfully blends into the early days of the park's founding. Since I was there in late March, 2015, there was no... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you are in this area of Minnesota you have to visit Itasca State Park and the Mississippi head waters. The Mississippi runs cold and clear here. The woods are thick with wildlife and be prepared for the Minnesota State bird. Still one of my favorite outdoor spots.

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Sebeka, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If you are visiting or live in MN this is one place that you have to visit. The history and beauty of Itasca is not something you will soon forget. It's an amazing place for people to visit for all ages. The visitors center is a great place to start and to get your bearings. The employees are friendly and... More 

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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88 reviews 88 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I've been to this state park a few times and I have to say the best time of year to go is late September thru early October. This is probably the best part of central to western minnesota. Most the the shops are closed this late in the year, but it is quiet and just right for a cool afternoon... More 

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Perham, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The ONLY down side is the cafeteria! The rest is beyond amazing and beautiful. It is crowded even when it's cold. But not overwhelming just be prepared to wait to take pictures of scenic views.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A friend and I drove to Itasca State Park to see the beautiful colours of the changing leaves. The park itself is gorgeous and has many stops throughout to view interesting areas. We especially liked the 300 year old trees at Preacher's Grove and walking across the mouth of the Mississippi (and we didn't fall in!).

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