Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, this park offers extensive hiking, bike and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Canoe on Gun Club Lake, play golf, swim in Snelling Lake, or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Interpretive exhibits and films on display in the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center give visitors a good background on the history and resources of the park and area. Trails also allow visitors to hike up to the historic Fort Snelling for a view of military life in the 1820s. This is a day-use only park; no camping is available.

Hiked this last week, it was great. Saw 12 deer and 20 turkeys. the whole loop is closer to 5 miles according to my Fitbit.

trail running
3 months ago

I love the proximity to the city and the different looping options on this trail! I often see wildlife in the less-travelled “interior” segments.

hiking
4 months ago

Green and peaceful.

Great trails, lots of wildlife.

Great loop - dogs on leashes allowed and I let my dog play in the water at the half way point. Quiet and safe.

Flat trail. Nice wooded views and walking along the shoreline is beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail -- drive all the way through the park past the beach and picnic island. You will get to a parking lot with a nature center. The bridge to pike island is a few minute walk from the last parking lot.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wonderful trail!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

I recommend hiking around Pike Island once you get below the visitor's center. I park off of Hwy 55 at the meters if I can't find a free spot. Then I walk down the shared paved trail that both bikers and walkers use. Loop around Pike Island and back to the car is about 16-18,000 steps and it takes about 2.5 hrs. Very nice wooded area in the city! If you have a dog keep them leashed because I saw a rattler snake recently and heard a second one. Besides it is the law.

Friday, July 15, 2016

If you do not have a state park permit, you must purchase one to park at this site.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Nothing better than a hike around the pike (island). A little busy but nice.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

great..little busier than I prefer, but for being in the metro it is awesome...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

it is a great park tons of trails loved it.

Friday, October 30, 2015

I love Fort Snelling! I ride my bike here every day in the summer and fall. It is so peaceful and I seem to find a new trail every time I go. This is my favorite place in the cities.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Dope

hiking
Saturday, February 15, 2014

What the others have said is accurate. Not much else to add except I'm not sure if they mentioned that you need a State Park day sticker or a season pass for your car. There is a visitor center at the end of the road and you can rent the green bikes near there.

hiking
Friday, March 02, 2012

Lots of different possibilities here. Pike Island (3 mi around). Picnic Island, Walking to Minnehaha Falls (3 mi). Can only hike/walk/run on Pike Island. Biking on the otehr. In the summer there's a cpl beaches as well -- on a lake as well as the river bank along the Mississippi on Pike. At the East end of Pike the Minnesota River flows into the Mississippi. It's all forested with tall trees! Pike is earth. The others are paved.

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Good year-round trail. Make sure to hit Pike Island.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2011

Flat trail that loops 3 miles around the island. Slightly sandy in some areas. Muddy during spring and early summer. Great views of wildlife and plenty of views of the rivers.

hiking
9 days ago

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