Learn All About Minnesota History At The Little-Known Fort Ridgely State Park

Minnesota has enough state parks to keep you busy every week of the year – and then some. Sure, the most popular parks – Gooseberry Fall and Fort Snelling, to name a few – are both beautiful and historic. But there are plenty of lesser known parks that are just as deserving of a visit. One such park is an often overlooked spot southwest of the Twin Cities in Fairfax, Minnesota. This place combines history and natural beauty into one fascinating package. Next time you’re looking for something to do that’s a little off the beaten path, head to Fort Ridgely State Park.

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Have you been to Fort Ridgely State Park? What did you think? There are many other little-known state parks in Minnesota to explore. One of our favorites is Minnesota’s most overlooked state park, Bear Head Lake State Park.