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Itasca State Park

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Address: 36750 Main Park Dr, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470-9722
Phone Number: +1 218-699-7251
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Yuba City, California
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Yuba City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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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 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

We brought some friends here to walk across the river as they live by the river in Illinois. It was beautiful and the visitor center is a great addition since we were here several years ago. It has a very nice gift shop and the sandwiches and soup in the restaurant were very good. Well worth a drive through the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

We visited three times over the course of an early fall week, as the leaves were just beginning to change. We rarely encountered any other hikers on the trails, and saw lots of wildlife. Having lived our entire lives close to the Mississippi, it was fun to finally see the headwaters, but that is only a small part of what... More 

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