Situated near Historic Fort Snelling, the park is also adjacent to the Twin Cities International Airport and ranks as one of Minnesota's top 10 tourist attractions, with an average of over 400,000 annual visitors.
This large state park opened in 1962 and helps to conserve open space and wildlife in the heavily- populated metropolitan area. The park is adjacent to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and seven major paved bike trails link the park with the surrounding suburbs and cities. Visitors will experience most of the amenities that other state parks have, except for camping. Wildlife is plentiful and hiking trails run throughout the park leading visitors away from the more heavily visited parts of the park.
GPS units and fishing poles are available for checkout.
Winter activities abound. The park offers 12 miles of groomed and tracked ski trails, six miles of trail packed for multiple use and dog sledding and skijoring is permitted on seven miles of trail on the Dakota County side of the park. Ice fishing is allowed on Gun Club Lake and Snelling Lake. Heated trail shelters are available at Picnic Shelter A and the park's Visitor Center. MN Ski Pass available for purchase. Drinking water and toilets available year-round.
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Last updated: February 28, 2020