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
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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101 Snelling Lake Road
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
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.