I loved my stay in Itasca. The backpacking was fairly nominally difficult, but it was incredibly pretty. There are so many lakes and trails that wind around the park you could get lost for days. The campsite was also really nice. The outhouse toilet by it was in great condition and looked new. The campsite itself was alone, secluded, and had a beautiful view of the lake. If you are looking for solitude camping I would definitely recommend the backcountry camping at Itasca National Park. Ranging from only just over a half of a mile or more, after about 200 meters you feel completely submersed in the outdoors. We had a blast!
If you are visiting or live in MN this is one place that you have to visit. The history and beauty of Itasca is not something you will soon forget. It's an amazing place for people to visit for all ages. The visitors center is a great place to start and to get your bearings. The employees are friendly and always willing to help. While everything in the park is a must see...the must must sees are: The Indian Mounds, the Headwaters, Douglas Lodge, the white and red pines. Plan on spending at least a day to make sure you can take it all in. You won't regret it.
Itasca State Park is one of Minnesota's wonders. A must for any visitor to the area and for Minnesotans as well. Kids love to get wet at the Headwaters of the Mississippi
The ONLY down side is the cafeteria! The rest is beyond amazing and beautiful. It is crowded even when it's cold. But not overwhelming just be prepared to wait to take pictures of scenic views.
This is where it starts - the Mississippi - and you should take advantage of walking across the river! The state park has so much to offer - we did the afternoon eagle tour and it sure was worth it! We saw many eagles, herons and other birds. The narration on the boat was well done and enthusiastic. The main lodge restaurant leaves much to be desired (like good food) so pack a lunch!
The Birthplace of the Mississippi and so much more. The main part of the park is styled much like the National Parks are with a visitor center and giant cabins to stay in. When we came on Labor day weekend there were a lot of people here. Once we got out onto the trails we discovered the nature side of the park. The trails brought us out some great landscapes and lakes. Lots of deer and other wildlife here. The park had a great charm to it and had the feel of the 1920s style National Park which I liked. You can walk across the start of the Mississippi here and thats always cool. Well worth the trip and lots to see.
I've been to this state park a few times and I have to say the best time of year to go is late September thru early October. This is probably the best part of central to western minnesota. Most the the shops are closed this late in the year, but it is quiet and just right for a cool afternoon hike.
Very accessible, beautiful fall colors. Been to New Orleans before I went to headwaters of the Mississippi. I have mobility issues and was glad to be able to get around easily. Lots of Bikeand Hiking trails for the more mobile.
A definite Woo-Hoo thing to do. The chance to walk across the Mississippi. The whole state park is beautiful. If you are into biking this is a good choice. We were there for the Mississippi headwaters, and were not disappointed. There is a small rock dam where the "river" starts. A large pool is formed at the beginning about 1' deep with a smooth pebble bottom. Loved it!!! The park buildings (snack shop, gifts shop and bathrooms) are easy access and as the entire park kept clean. Bring your water shoes.
A friend and I drove to Itasca State Park to see the beautiful colours of the changing leaves. The park itself is gorgeous and has many stops throughout to view interesting areas. We especially liked the 300 year old trees at Preacher's Grove and walking across the mouth of the Mississippi (and we didn't fall in!).