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Address: Lake Itasca, MN
Activities: Driving
Description: A narrow one-way road that twists and turns through a couple of thousand...
A narrow one-way road that twists and turns through a couple of thousand acres of pine trees at Itasca State Park.
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Best of Itasca State Park

Wilderness Drive is by far my favorite part of ISP. 10 miles on a one way blacktop road that is filled w/beautiful scenery...heavily wooded with small ponds & lakes with multiple... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2014
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Wilderness Drive is by far my favorite part of ISP. 10 miles on a one way blacktop road that is filled w/beautiful scenery...heavily wooded with small ponds & lakes with multiple scenic pullovers. I just rode my bike from the bike rental hut thru the Wilderness Drive and back...about 16 miles. Even when I was lacking in oxygen due to... More 

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Princeton, Minnesota, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The one way wilderness drive is beautiful. it curves through the park along many lakes. The drive is relaxing and allows everyone to get close to nature.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Take the time to drive around the wilderness drive from the Headwaters back to the Lodge. Most of it is a one-way road, shared with bicyclists. Opportunities to stop and take short hikes, seeing the old and tall trees, passing lakes and swamps and an interpretive walk. Filled with the beauty of the wilderness.

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Pacific Junction, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a must! It's great for the chilly, rainy days. Bring a thick sweater and cover up to help keep mosquitoes at bay, if you choose to venture out on the trails. This is a beautiful drive that you should take nice and slow to watch for all the wild life (I didn't see any bears, but did see... More 

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Zeeland, Michigan
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170 reviews 170 reviews
67 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Wonderful 10 mile one way drive. Places to pull off and go for hikes and even a 100 foot fire tower to climb to the top for amazing views of the whole park!!

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Minneapolis
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83 reviews 83 reviews
37 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My husband and I took this drive. It is a one way paved 10 mile drive. Take your time and enjoy. Beautiful pine tree canopies. There are several places where you can stop and park to take a quick hike. We stopped twice to see both the biggest white pine and the biggest red pine. Both were a quick walk... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Great way to spend an afternoon bike riding however you need to watch for cars as you share the road with them and some people drive too fast. Some of the bike trails were marked as closed/under construction but we took them anyway and they were fine. This was much safer than sharing the road with cars. Beautiful ride. Take... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We drove this 4 times during our 2-night stay. One night we drove it two times in a row. We saw raccoons, skunk, bats, an owl, frogs, mice, and a bobcat. It was best to drive it at night, and were were so surprised no one else seemed to drive it at night. It was nice during the day, plenty... More 

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Burien, WA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Wilderness Drive (one-way from the North entrance) provides a peaceful and scenic alternative to driving along the east side of Lake Itasca with hundreds of other tourists. Drive slowly and enjoy the quiet setting, There are a few short hikes you can optionally take if you wish to stretch your legs. When we were there in mid-August, a few... More 

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Dallas
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246 reviews 246 reviews
73 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I did not plan to stay at Itasca State Park but my trip to Angle Inlet did not appear to be a good choice because of the weather so I stay at Itasca State Park. Of course I had to take the Wilderness Drive. I was on a motorcycle and it rained most of the day but it was a... More 

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