Looking for a new place to take your pup? Then head over to Itasca State Park for some puptacular fun in the sun. Sprawling across 32,690 acres of land, Itasca State Park is woofin’ huge. It also happens to be Minnesota’s oldest state park. Another fun fact- more than 100 lakes are scattered across the park boundaries.
With over two dozen trails to choose from, it’s safe to
say that Itasca State Park is a hiker’s haven. Trails range in distance with
the shortest being only several hundred feet long and the longest clocking in
at 9.4 miles. If your doggo wants to stop and sniff the flowers, then follow the two mile Dr. Roberts loop. Noted for its impressive display of wildflowers,
this trail also wanders past an Old Timer’s Cabin and overlooks Lyendecker Lake.
Landmark Trail and Aiton Heights Fire Tower have interpretive signs so your
four legged hiking partner can learn more about the fascinating area.
Your furry pal won’t
be the only critter in the park. Whether you see them or not, a wide variety of
animals call this place home. Beavers, porcupines, chipmunks, bears, and even
wolves can be found. A whole host of bird species also reside here. You may see
herons, owls, hummingbirds, or woodpeckers. Help keep the forest habitat in
pristine condition by bringing clean up bags and picking up after your pooch.
Not only does the park have excellent hiking trails, it
also has plenty of other furrific amenities. Picnic facilities are located near
Lake Itasca. You’ll also find more than enough campsites. Whether you are
traveling in an RV, sleeping in a tent, or up for backpacking, you’ll find the
pawfect spot. Swimming, boating, and fishing are also available. This is definitely
one park your pooch will want to visit again and again!