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.

It’s funny how oddly anti-climactic it is seeing the beginning of the Mississippi. But a BEAUTIFUL spot, nice easy hike. The park has lots of information about the river & the discovery of the headwaters at an info center at this trailhead.

26 days ago

Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Lush vegetation. Nice lake views. At a little over 2 miles and a bit of up and down it was a good test for young kids’ (3-5 years) hiking endurance.

Great views, but parts of the trail were becoming overgrown in July. Great hike with some hills.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice relaxing trail that takes you past an old log cabin made from very large timber. Many nature markers along the trail that I wish we had the secret decoder ring for so we would have known why they were there.

walking
11 months ago

Very easy trail, with quite a lot of traffic. Completely worth it to see (and wade in) the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

hiking
11 months ago

Note the length of this trail is actually a little over 3 miles. I hiked it right after a light snowfall. Beautiful!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Went with 4 adults and 4 kids ages 10 and 6 and everyone had a great time. Took a little under an hour. Near a gift shop and little history center.

hiking
Friday, September 29, 2017

Beautiful views! Easy trail to hike, my dogs loved it.

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Super busy in August but worth the trip! Dog friendly too

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Super easy trail walking with beautiful views!!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The loop trail shown is called the "Dr. Roberts Trail." It is a nice, moderate hike through the woods and along a lake. The 2-mile loop makes it just the right length for a family with kids.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

So cool to see where the Mississippi River starts. We went at sunset, so it was not too busy, but still quite a few people.

paddle sports
Friday, July 07, 2017

Itasca lake was incredibly clear with lots of birds. The terns dive bombing into the water was a hoot to watch and the trumpeter swans were breathtaking. Several other birds were spotted as well. I never stopped hearing multiple birds chirping.

hiking
Friday, February 03, 2017

Absolutely beautiful during the fall! Can pick difficulty depending on trail.

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, November 17, 2014

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

paddle sports
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Great Place to camp

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This is one of those places you must go and see for yourself if you find yourself in Minnesota. There is a 17 mile bike trail going around the lake, boat rentals, cabins, campgrounds, and tons of wildlife. I had a skunk run right up to me while I was sitting in front of the the camp fire (Thank God I didn't get sprayed). You can even walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi river. The only down side to it is the extremely bad mosquitos. Wear light-weight long-sleeved shirts and blue jeans to salvage as much of your skin as possible. I left with around 30 bites on my arms and didn't bother counting my legs (I was only there 1.5 days).

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2011

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.

on Dr. Roberts Trail

hiking
Saturday, October 16, 2010

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

hiking
Monday, October 04, 2010

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

hiking
Saturday, October 02, 2010

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!

hiking
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

hiked on lots of the trails there.

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