Fort Snelling State Park - Activities101 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.Get Directions
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.
Take time to hike or ski out to Pike Island, the location where the mighty Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers converge. Canoe rental, as well as a popular beach, are available on Snelling Lake. Be sure to visit the Fort Snelling State Park Visitor Center and hike up to the Historic Fort Snelling strategically located on the bluff overlooking the river valley. 18 mi of hiking trails, 5 mi biking. 24 km of mostly beginner cross-country ski trails.
Located near Mpls/St Paul Airport on Minnesota River at Post Rd and MN Hwy 5. Trail runs through river bottom forest and prairie restoration, and to the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.
Hours & Dates
- Monday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Friday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily.
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
- Native-American heritage
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 125 reviews
Many people have no idea Fort Snelling State Park is there. It is under the Fort area at the bottom of the bluff along the river. It has wonderful hiking, and is an awesome place to go on a hot...
— Andy M, February 1, 2020
The visitor center at Fort Snelling is permanently closed. Visited this state park because of it’s history. Fort Snelling is strategically located because of which one gets good views of the...
— 716sachink, October 21, 2019
Fort was not open the visitor center permanently closed. Hiked down along the river path was nice some areas closed due to the unusually high water this year. Would go again for the hiking trail...
— mncharder, October 21, 2019
We took our grandsons to Ft. Snelling for a Saturday outing. We had been there years ago and found the experience to be quiet positive. This visit seemed to lack energy and struggled to hold our...
— JeffS228, August 31, 2019
Just a few miles from the airport, stopped on our way to our downtown hotel. If you like history, you’ll enjoy the well-curated exhibits and buildings. The state’s oldest home is here, along with...
— CleopatraBunny, August 30, 2019