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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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Great for outdoor activities year round!

My husband and I have been here twice in the 4 months we’ve lived in the area. Once in October with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Great Fall Color - Excellent way to commune with nature.

I happened to hit Itasca State Park on a sunny day while the colors were still good. The views are... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Bob F
Beaverton, Michigan
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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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“fire tower” (25 reviews)
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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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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have been here twice in the 4 months we’ve lived in the area. Once in October with the beautiful colors and again in January for the DNR First Day Hike. We love it! The First Day Hime was a great, FREE,...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

I happened to hit Itasca State Park on a sunny day while the colors were still good. The views are gorgeous - especially if you don't mind heights and can climb a lot of stairs. There is a LOT more to see than just the...More

Thank Bob F
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Loved the one way road drive with a beautiful view at every turn. Walked to the |Mississippi headwaters and to the fire tower for a view over the trees, Many lakes and we took lots of photographs. There was only a gift shop open when...More

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Haven't been here for over 50 years when I was a child. It is still the same. Loved the grounds and the visitor center as well. All of the employees were very kind and courteous. There were alot of foreign visitors who seemed very excited...More

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

I was blown away by this place!!! Of course you have to walk across The Mississippi headwaters! It’s incredible!! It’s the start of the Mississippi and you can literally walk across it!! I highly recommend the vehicle trail that goes around the entire park! It’s...More

Thank TheSheepMan28
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We were there for 3/3.5 hours, but you could easily spend a day or more to fully take advantage of what the park has to offer. For a $7 entrance fee, this park packs a lot....beautiful scenery (especially fall time period), an opportunity to see...More

Thank 2Runks
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We visited Itasca State park over the past 3 days and had a wonderful time. Fall colors were at 80% and it was pleasant weather with a lot of sun. We stayed in the Itasca Suites and loved the accommodations. My group consisted of 10...More

Thank Tayadog1
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Relaxing Sunday afternoon enjoying the Fall color change! First trip to this amazing state park and so worth the visit.

1  Thank Valerie1124
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This park was a great place to stay all day in it! The trees were turning for Fall color,. Take the 10 miles ride it was very beautifully!

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Our two daughters, son-laws and 6 grandchildren from 5-19 spent two days enjoying Itasca State Park, where the mighty Mississippi starts. Walk across the rocks, wade in the water or cross the plank that also crosses the water. Had a lot of hiking and enjoyed...More

Thank TJL14DML
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Carol-Ann B
25 August 2017|
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Response from jeromew323 | Reviewed this property |
i do not know never saw that type bus there may be take and if you ride bike find a way get a bike on a a bus to a town close to the park and ride bike they have awesome bike trails
21 August 2017|
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Response from Carol-Ann B | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Keeping your dog leashed protects him/her - staying on the path to avoid ticks and mosquitoes; away from wildlife.
3 July 2017|
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Response from Carol-Ann B | Reviewed this property |
yes. very pretty area for pictures! Contact Berts Cabins for distance. Enjoy this gem of Minnesota!