Fort Snelling State Park

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Fort Snelling State Park


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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.


Visitor Alert!

Holiday Hours

The park office will be open 12/22-12/24 from 8 am to 4 pm daily. You can purchase pemrits, gift cards and selected merchandise. The Nature Store at the Visitor Center will be closed until Friday 12/26. The park office and visitor center will be closed on 12/25. The park is open that day from 8 am to 10 pm. Please use the self registration station located on the north side of the office to purchase your vehicle permits.

Trail Conditions

We do not have enough snow yet to start trail grooming. Staff need a minimum of 6" of snow on the ground before we can start the process. Please check back for further updates.

Save the date!

Join us on New Year's Eve for a Candlelight Walk (4-8 pm)! We'll have candlelit trails, bonfires, hot cocoa and more! The event is free, but you need a valid state park permit on your vehicle.

Volunteers wanted to help set out and light luminaries, staff bonfires, and dispense hot cocoa (inside and outside volunteer opportunities available).

Call 612-725-2724 for more information about the event and to volunteer.


(Updated December 22, 2014)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862:

2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Fort Snelling State Park was an important location during this time. Find out how to learn more.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Gift cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Fort Snelling State Park.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Fort Snelling State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Fishing

tree Hiking

tree Dakota Memorial

tree Interpretive Exhibits

tree Bike Trails/Connections

tree Cross-Country Skiing


Hours

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.

Contact

101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

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

fax: 612-725-2391

email: fortsnelling.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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