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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

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

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

Super easy trail walking with beautiful views!!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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.

canoeing
5 months ago

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.

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

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

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

Friday, August 05, 2016

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