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Where to go: Autumn is a beautiful time to explore Fort Snelling State Park. The leaves make a crunchy sound on your feet on hard-packed trails and migrating birds can be seen on lakes and rivers. Hike around Pike Island for a view of both the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, or around Snelling Lake if you are looking for some fall colors.

What you'll see: The maple, cottonwood, and ash trees have mostly lost their leaves at this point. The oak trees around Snelling Lake have the last remaining colors and leaves in the park.

Also of interest: Join us for a Nature Walk in the Park on Sunday, November 10 (1- 2 pm).

Last updated: November 7, 2013 

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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.