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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
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+1 218-699-7251

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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Our favorite State Park.

We've gone here several times with the kids and without. It's always a great time. The biking and hiking trails are excellent, and the trees and surrounding forests are pristine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
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Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've gone here several times with the kids and without. It's always a great time. The biking and hiking trails are excellent, and the trees and surrounding forests are pristine. If you go, make sure to have breakfast at the Inn. There's nothing like it!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

While traveling by car back to the Airport we stopped at Itaska state park to see the Mississippi headwaters. It was about 15 degrees but the sun was shining and made for a beautiful picture. The roads and trail were well plowed and marked. Although the visitor center was not open the trails are. (There are vault toilets by the... More 

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Yuba City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Itasca State Park is everything a state park should be! I took my family here expecting to hear the normal complaints of boredom etc. NOT HERE!!! We had a great time. We walked all over the place, climbed the tower (which was stinking WAY up there) but I lived, and crossed the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi. Great day.

Thank Kyrizialcah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

I visit here often, but it never ceases to disappoint. I came with a friend to take photos of the fall colors. We came during the week which was nice because it was less busy. I recommend going in the East entrance and making your first stop at the Jacob Brower Visitor Center.

Thank Deborah M
Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This little gem was on my bucket list having grown up on the Mississippi. We stayed at Heart Lake which made for a cool drive often crossing over the winding north bound Mississippi! We rented bikes (super easy process) and rode the visitor center. We spent over 2 hours exploring and eating our picnic lunch. We then rode down to... More 

Thank wolverville .
North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We entered the park at the north entrance and I don't know if it was us or what...but it took us about 3 hours to get out the east entrance. That's where I'd start next time I visit...the EAST entrance. That will bring you in near the Douglas Lodge, cabins and one arm of Itasca Lake and Lake Mary. I'm... More 

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Drexel, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

We visited in the off season in October. Hardly anyone there. The trees were really pretty changing color. Not that cold. 50's day and 30's night. Sadly the bathrooms were closed so had to use vault toilets.

Thank Laura L
West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Itasca State Park is worth the journey! It's simply beautiful and walking across the headwaters of the Mississippi is something you should do! Great for a day trip!

Thank DebL457
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Awesome State Park. Had lunch at the lodge, visited the headwaters. Wish we had more time. Many cabins available, would love to return and enjoy more of the park.

Thank Susan S
Grapeview, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the nicest state parks we have visited! The Jacob V Brower Visitor Center has excellent exhibits on the Indians who lived here, the settlers, logging that led to preserving this as a park, the Civilian Conservation Corps involvement, and the animals that inhabit the area. The Douglas Lodge and Forest Inn across the road are nice... More 

Thank Jim B

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