Fort Ridgely State Park

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a state park with a golf course May 09, 2009
Fort Ridgely State Park lies up on the bluffs above the Minnesota River and along the Redwood River. Fort Ridgely was a military post that was attacked during the Sioux Uprising in the 1800s and ruins of the stone buildings still remain. The historic site has many signs explaining the Sioux uprising, the history of the fort and the purpose of the buildings. An interpretive center is next to the ruins, but was not open when I stopped.

A full 9 hole golf course weaves its way around and through the park. The course takes up most of the park and the hiking trails cross the fairways in several places. Most of the people in park were enjoying the golf course.

The hiking club trail went across the golf course a few times and into and through the campground. Several sites are along the Redwood River and the bathrooms are actually across the river and up the hill. The bathrooms are nice with flush toilets and showers.

Part of the hiking club trail is also a horse trail and I was passed by a group of horseback riders. There is a parking area for horse trailers. Although the park is up on the bluffs above the Minnesota River, you can’t really see much of the river from here due to the trees. An oak savanna exists between the upland prairie and Minnesota River. I saw some deer and pheasants in this part of the park.

The park also has a private cemetery, playground and picnic area.

Entrance to the park requires a $5 daily fee or $25 annual permit.
entrance to ruins
monument
golf course
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