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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3 months ago

Decent trail but lots of biting flies which bite really hard. That was in July.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail! Make sure you hike the distance to see the magnificent view of Hernando DeSoto Lake!!

3 months ago

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5 months ago

I forgot my bug spray so that was the only downfall of that hike...

Itasca State Park is a great place. There are trails that are easy and short and their are trails that are longer and get you out to some real forest. I went last October that the color of the leaves are fantastic. The Mississippi River head water though not really hiking is really fun to see

Great environment to experience. I went during this time of year as the numbers of wildflowers in the woodland areas is at it's greatest. The Haptica, False Solomn Seal and Trilium were at thier best. Many photo opportunities with the wildflowers and the vistas found along the trial. Following the North Country trail adds a historic perspective the can be brought time the journey. Adding this dimension lends itself to extending the journey to the next legs of the trial. Woeth while visit on this section of the trial. Itasca Park as a whole is a treasure to the State Park system and deserves a longer visit to see the diversity and history that abounds in the park.

Hiked many trails here.
Nicollet Trail-The best in the park. Lots of small lakes. Some demanding terrain. Beautiful lake at the end.

hiking
6 years ago

Nice And easy! Wide well maintained Park trail with historic spots along the way. Hooks up with the NCT.

hiking
6 years ago

The home of the Headwaters of the Mississippi! The North Country Trail goes across the southern end of the park and connects to many of the parks trails, lot's of history, great camp sites!

hiked on lots of the trails there.