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Fort Snelling State Park

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Where to go: Fall is a beautiful time to explore Fort Snelling State Park. Enjoy the cool autumn weather by hiking around Pike Island, renting a Nice Ride bike to tour the main park, or renting a canoe for a paddle on Snelling Lake.

What you'll see: The tree colors are not showing yet but you can enjoy a crisp walk under a cottonwood canopy on Pike Island, or along the Minnesota River. The first-to-change ash trees will be turning yellow and may begin losing their leaves on windy days.

Also of interest: Goldenrod, black-eyed susans, and sunflowers are starting to fade from their peak, check them out along sunny trails throughout the park while you can!

Last updated: September 17, 2014 

Special Offer for Park Permits

Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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Getting there

101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

Fort Snelling State Park is located on Post Road off State Highway 5, just west of the main terminal exit for the International Airport.


Phone: 612-279-3550 or Visitor Center: 612-725-2724

Email: fortsnelling.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Park is open year-round, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

If no one is available when you call, please leave a message.

Self-registration is located on the north side of the office, for your convenience, when the office is not open.