Itasca State Park
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.
What a great area to be out in nature! Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, it was a real treat to be able to experience this park. See the mix of tree and plant species was very exciting, it's amazing the difference between the Midwest and the West Coast. Unfortunately the park was really packed when we were there, but that happens sometimes. The trails were well kept, and there were some amazing views! I'll definitely be going through the park again, the next time I'm in the area. Hopefully be able to find a place to camp ad well! Would recommend this to anyone that has a couple hours to walk around!
What a great park! Kept up very well and perfect place to spend a day hiking and exploring. The headwaters is magical and one must walk across the Mississippi river. The visitor center is well done along with the other buildings and gift shops arpund the park. Well worth the visit!
We love this park! There are many options for lodging, recreation, and learning. The staff and rangers are so friendly and helpful. We like the secluded camping sites. Plus they have ice cream and the Mississippi River headwaters.
See the headwaters of the Mississippi River. That is the big draw of this state park, but it isn't the only thing going for it. This is a great park to go and enjoy nature, see the forest and hike on some trails. The swim area is great, boat yours are a lot of fun. You can rent a bike if you didn't bring one. Both the visitors center are worth stopping in. They have a fun and informative area about local animals and the history of the area. The headwaters center has a nice cafe for lunch as well.
Super nice state park! The visitors centers a clean and the employees are very helpful! Headwaters are a popular spot. Don't forget to stop at the fire tower and see the views.