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Address: 101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55111-4116
Phone Number: +1 612-725-2389
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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.

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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 bubblesReviewed 13 January 2016
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Goshen, Indiana
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Chaska, Minnesota
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We love visiting the state parks and our working our way through the passport in hopes of visiting all of them. This park is right by the airport and has lots of trails, a beach, fishing pier and sports fields. I'm sure in the summer it is great for families. We came for the historical aspects and expected there to... More 

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Edina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

We visited this on a day long visit to the Fort Snelling area. we had tour books and history books with us and tried to tie in certain state history events to places there. Unfortunately there is not comprehensive signage or paths with numbers and narratives printed or something that we could find. While visiting in the first warm days... More 

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Goshen, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

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.

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minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 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.

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grandmahenry
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 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 

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Minot, North Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 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!

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Redlands, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 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 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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.

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Albertville, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 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.

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Oronoco, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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 

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