Hike & Go Seek – Fort Defiance State Park

Empty Road Surrounded With Green Trees

Fort Defiance State Park is a 191 acre park located in Emmet County and sits at an elevation of 1,453 feet.  Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, the park was opened in 1930 and is open year-round for picknicking, hiking and camping.  
Fort Defiance State Park is named for the former Fort Defiance which was built to protect a gristmil and sawmill during the Dakota War of 1862.
A lodge built to resemble a frontier army outpost is available to rent to large groups for meetings and reunions.  There is a picnic pavillion that is open to all visitors on a first come first served basis.  The park has a rustic camping area with sixteen camping sites.  The trails of the park are open to hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.  Two of the trails, White Tail Ridge Trail and Spring Trail have recently undergone extensive improvements.  The work was completed by students from the Iowa Lakes Community College environmental studies program which included covering the trails with wood chips to make the trails more “hiker friendly.”  White Tail Ridge Trail passes through a wooded area where visitors may encounter some white-tailed deer.  The Spring Trails passes through a patch of prairie.  (wiki)

Books you might like:

Nature’s Silent Message

America’s Best Day Hikes

The Divide – A 2700 Mile Search for Answers

2 thoughts on “Hike & Go Seek – Fort Defiance State Park

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s