Located in Itasca State Park, just a short distance from the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the hostel is a beautifully restored log building. Constructed in 1923 as the park headquarters, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Exposed log walls, new furnishings and appliances, beautiful hardwood floors and massive stone fireplaces create a uniquely comfortable lodging experience.
Itasca State Park, recently rated one of the nation's top 50 state parks by National Geographic, features some of Minnesota's last remaining virgin pine forest. Enjoy outdoor recreation year-round on over 30 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and 17 miles of paved bike trails right from the hostel's doorstep. Bike and boat rentals and a swimming beach are across the road. The park offers summer naturalist programs and displays on Native American culture and early explorers.
What travellers think
It was a great visit, nothing to improve and Sara the manager was a sweetheart.
Wed 28 Jan 2015
Great place to use as a home base at Itasca State Park. Kitchen facilities make keeping the vacation's food costs down. Plan for a car or bike to get you around as the park is large and there are long distances between park activities and nearby towns.
Thu 30 Oct 2014