Historically, Fort Snelling served as the gateway for explorers, settlers, and soldiers into the upper Mississippi River Valley. Today, it's a runner's dream, with rivers, lakes, and a bottomland forest of cottonwoods, silver maples, and willows. Fort Snelling State Park offers 18 picturesque miles of easy to moderate trails, perfect for anyone who wants to get their heart rate up while bonding with their New Balances and the harmonies of waterfowl. Hit this hidden gem's trails for peace and sweat, connecting with beavers, blue herons, and deer. Or trek down to Pike Island at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers where, on a promising early weekend morning, it could be just you and the soft sounds of gurgling water flowing south.