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Itasca State Park

36750 Main Park Dr, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470-9722
+1 218-699-7251
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Beautiful Beginning of Mississippi River

Itasca State Park is beautiful!! My dad told me, when I was a little girl, if I went to Lake... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
briddy1
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The Villages, Florida
Beautiful park

There something magical about standing in the headwaters of the Mississippi River. This park is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike T
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Stand under towering pines at Preacher's Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann's Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks.
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“hiking trails” (27 reviews)
“fire tower” (25 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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36750 Main Park Dr, Intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 200 West, Lake Itasca, MN 56470-9722
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+1 218-699-7251
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Itasca State Park is beautiful!! My dad told me, when I was a little girl, if I went to Lake Itaska, Minnesota, I would be able to walk across the Mississippi River. I just did that at the age of 73. What a thrill!!!! We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There something magical about standing in the headwaters of the Mississippi River. This park is a great place to hike or bike or just take in the beauty.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh, my! There is so much to do here with so much natural beauty crammed into one Park. There many different hiking trails, a designated bike path, 2 campgrounds, a lovely scenic drive with multiple points of interest, a fire tower to climb, and of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a hikers delight, so many miles of trails for hiking and biking! Great anytime during the season.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are few lifetime experiences more memorable than walking the slippery stones across the infant Mississippi at its headwaters. ( Older now, I choose to walk the log path over).Unforgettable for anyone living downstream on the mighty Mississippi! Lots to do in Itasca State Park....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with a group that spanned from a few months old to late 60s. We all had a great time. I went with the teenagers and walked part of the "river" from the headwaters to the 2nd bridge where you can get back out....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Itasca State Park was been on our must-see list for awhile. We finally went and found a nice park, although not a favorite. The park itself is beautiful, with a lot of great scenery and nice things to look at while hiking. It's definitely a...More

1  Thank patn03
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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

Itasca State Park, Minnesota has excellent year-round cabins with their Four Seasons Suites. Very clean, comfortable, appear to be quite new. We stayed two nights and found them quite comfortable. Free Wi-Fi but strangely enough you don’t get entrance to the park with your rental...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

We decided to stay at the Itasca Suites but were sorely disappointed in the number of photos that we found online. So the first thing we did was to take pictures. Thought we would share them with everyone. The park is beautiful and very well-maintained...More

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Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

We spent 4 nights in the park’s only open winter lodging, the Itasca Suites. Everything was perfect!! First of all, perhaps due to the chilly weather (ranged from +6F to -21F during our stay), we felt as though we had the entire park to ourselves....More

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Jesse S
May 12, 2018|
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Absolutely. Check the mn state park website for availability.
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mrcderosier
April 22, 2018|
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Not sure there are bikes available for rent at the park at any time, but I’m sure there are bike rentals in Park Rapids or other nearby towns.
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