We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fort Snelling State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55111
Phone Number: 612-725-2389
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

Located on Pike Island, this scenic state park is one of Minnesota's most...

Located on Pike Island, this scenic state park is one of Minnesota's most visited attractions, which features trails for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 130 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
History Lesson in Minnesota

Fort Snelling State Park is a must-see for those interested in frontier history and civil rights. The fort is a great example of what it was like to live and work at an outpost... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Christopher E
,
Goshen, Indiana
Add Photo Write a Review

130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Goshen, Indiana
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fort Snelling State Park is a must-see for those interested in frontier history and civil rights. The fort is a great example of what it was like to live and work at an outpost in the 1800s and my understanding of the history of Dred Scott would be incomplete had I not visited this site.

Helpful?
Thank Christopher E
minnesota
Level Contributor
122 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Lots of trails, some along the Mississippi River. A charming little lake with lots of picnic facilities and a swimming beach, Topped off by a great visitor/interpretive center. Those who enjoy the thrill of watching low flying planes approach the runway will often times be rewarded.

Helpful?
Thank minnesotasparky
grandmahenry
Level Contributor
393 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

It's not huge, but it is very pretty. We saw an eagle (bald), as we drove in which is and always will be a thrill for me. There were deer and the scenery was very nice. I walked out on the pier into the lake and boy, was it windy. Even so there was a peace and calm, to it.... More 

Helpful?
Thank gaynor h
Minot, North Dakota
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This was a great historic site with some friendly animators and excellent canon and musket/marching demonstrations. The woman giving information on Dred Scott was particularly knowledgeable. A great choice for learning some of Minnesota's history!

Helpful?
Thank Min0tMan
Redlands, California
Level Contributor
441 reviews
212 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

In between the Mall of America, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Basilica of St. Mary and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden we visited Fort Snelling State Park. It was like another world, with lakes, beautiful trees, squirrels, lots of birds and a large group of wild turkeys. In this urban landscape, what a treasure to have this beautiful outdoor gem.This... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Robert C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We arrived late afternoon on an unseasonably warm October day and hiked Pike Island and part of Minnehaha Trail. We enjoyed learning about the history of the area, seeing the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers and the strategic location of Fort Snelling. Next time we plan to hike to Minnehaha Falls and back.

Helpful?
Thank lakewind
Albertville, Minnesota
Level Contributor
75 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

A very nice state park in the metro area. The trails are well maintained and it is like being miles from cities except for the planes and vehicle background noise that you can hear anywhere in the park. We had a very nice walk along the river.

Helpful?
Thank Sergeant56
Oronoco, Minnesota
Level Contributor
274 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

I went on the 3 mile Hiking Club Trail that goes around Pike Island. It was a rainy day and the hike was a good one. I liked seeing the confluence of the Minnesota & Mississippi Rivers and seeing signs that beavers were working on the island. I was warned that it might be muddy and there were some puddles... More 

Helpful?
Thank richie1732
Minnesota
Level Contributor
440 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We were impressed with Ft. Snelling. Staff are dress in period attire. There is plenty of staff to answer your questions and they are very knowledgeable. Be sure to watch the video prior to the tour. We arrived 90 minutes prior to closing and did not have enough time to see everything.

Helpful?
Thank MinnesotaRandy
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Visited here, just had to pay $5 for a parking permit and then we had the day to hike and enjoy the nature. I was here on a week day, and saw very few other people. We enjoyed a hike around an island and saw where the two rivers met. Staff were helpful and gave recommendations. There is a visitor... More 

Helpful?
Thank Katelyn B

Travelers who viewed Fort Snelling State Park also viewed

 

Been to Fort Snelling State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Fort Snelling State Park and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Fort Snelling State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?