Hike Across The Mississippi River In Itasca State Park, MN

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Sunset at Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota
Sunset at Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota

This an amazing but very easy hike. The hike is not only a beautiful place to see wildlife, fish the lake and watch an amazing sunset, but the entire hike also teaches you about the history of the area and how the Mississippi River got its start. Walk across the mighty Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, MN.

Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota
Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota

At the Headwaters Trailhead there is a visitor center, bathrooms and a large interactive station for kids and adults to learn interesting facts about the Mississippi and the history of the area. The hike itself is just over a mile and completely flat. The trail follows the small Mississippi River to Lake Itasca or the Mississippi Headwaters.

Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota
Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota

We saw plenty of turtles, rabbits and deer along the trail, and the headwaters is beautiful. There is a small stone walkway you can use to hop your way across the river, or a large wooden walkway if you don’t want to get wet. But if you are really feeling adventurous, hike right across the only three feet deep Mississippi just to say you did it!

Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota
Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota

We arrived about an hour before sunset and swam in the lake. Stay for the sunset to get the most beautiful shots as the blood orange and red sky mirrors on the smooth glass lake.
For more trail information: Itasca State Park Map

Pack List

  • Water in Summer
  • Headlamp if watching sunset
  • Shoes or boots you can get wet
  • Swim Suit in Summer
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen in Summer
  • Fishing Pole
  • Insect repellent

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