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Fort Ridgely State Park

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Visitors can tour Historic Fort Ridgely and wander through the ruins of this once thriving outpost. Learn about the U. S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862, a major event in Minnesota's early history. Stop by the cemetery to learn more about the history. For recreation, this park offers plenty: play a nine hole course; hike or ride the trails on horseback; play volleyball or softball; fish; and camp (drive-in and walk-in sites are available). Come winter, ski, snowmobile or sled down the big hill.

Location: Route 1, Box 65, Fairfax Minnesota 55332 Telephone 507-426-7840

Other Minnesota State Parks nearby:
(Fairfax) Fort Ridgely State Park
(Mankato) Minneopa State Park
(Granite Falls) Upper Sioux Agency State Park

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