Camping, Biking, Hiking, Golfing at Fort Ridgely State Park

  • June 21, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Fort Ridgely State Park is within 2 hours of the Twin Cities and is a historic settlement in Minnesota's history. It is also the only Minnesota State Park with it's own golf course inside the park. Besides golfing, we can tackle the hiking and biking trails. OR how about getting a volleyball game together? To find out more about the park please click HERE.

 

We'll be staying in the "Chalet"  for two nights. The Chalet features a full kitchen with amenities, a fireplace, and central heat. There are no beds in the Chalet; guests should bring sleeping bags and spread out on the floor for an overnight stay. Bathrooms, with showers, are located on the lower level. Chalet info click HERE

 

There are tent camping options, but you’ll need to make your own reservations directly with the park for that.

 

Please note - the lower level of the Chalet is open for use by the public at all times. The upper level can be accessed from inside and outside the building, but can be locked off from the downstairs public use. So we’ll be able to keep our belongings safe.

 

Cost Includes: $25 pp for 2 nights lodging in the “Chalet”, firewood, plates, cups, eating utensils, charcoal, bottled water, Saturday breakfast and picnic dinner.

 

Biking: The Fair Ridge Trail is a paved recreational trail which connects the town of Fairfax to the park. This trail provides approximately 7.3 miles for your hiking and biking enjoyment.

 

Hiking: The 8 miles of trails trails take you through a wide variety of terrain from easy to challenging. Trails wind through mostly wooded areas and open prairie areas. These varied landscapes produce a wide variety of plant communities that offer hikers many different things to see throughout the year.

 

Golfing: This is a 2,739 yard, par 35 course with narrow fairways, many mature trees, and grass greens. It is a walk-only course. No advance reservation for tee times, it is first-come, first-served only. Weekend/Holiday Rates are $13 for 9 holes or $18 for all day. Equipment rental (golf clubs and pull carts) is available at park office. Contact the park for equipment rental fees.

 

Parking: there is parking right next to the Chalet.

 

What to Bring: sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress, golf clubs and/or bike, comfortable shoes for hiking, personal snacks/beverages/food.

 

Getting There: According to Mapquest from the TC go west on either Hwy 5 or 7 to 212. Stay on 212 until MN 15 and go south or take a left. Right or west on MN 19 (also called 4th street). Left or south on MN 4. Take a sharp right onto County Rd 21 and then a slight right onto County Rd 30. The entrance to the park is on the right side. The directions indicate the park is about 1.75 hours from the Western ‘burbs.

The address to use is: 72158 County Road 30, Fairfax, MN 55332

Check In time is 11am: and Check Out is 10am.



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  • Shari O.

    I would love to go but have to work sat night. is anyone going up early fri?

    June 18, 2013

    • Deano

      Perfect. We are off of 169 between Old Shakopee and Pioneer. We play pickleball at Dred Scott on Mondays if you want to try that out. I host it in the indoor outdoor meetup group

      June 23, 2013

    • Deano

      Monday night OUTDOOR PICKLEBALL in Bloomington - Twin Cities Indoor/Outdoor Sports & Recreation Meetup Group (Minneapolis, MN) - Meetup
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      June 23, 2013

  • Ione

    Excellent value for the golfing. Challenging course. Make sure you have plenty of golf balls. Great company on the course.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Janet

    Do not wait for me to show up on Friday. I am not feeling well today and may decide to leave Sat morning.

    June 20, 2013

  • Patty

    Any preference, wild rice or broccoli salad and what time are the rest of you planning on arriving?

    June 17, 2013

    • Deano

      Both sound very yummy.

      June 17, 2013

    • Lee A.

      wild rice. Sue & I are heading down Fri morning but we are making a stop at Schell's in New Ulm and to check out the state park with the sandy bottom pool. Should get to ridgely about 4ish

      June 18, 2013

  • Deano

    Leah and I are not going to make it until late Saturday afternoon (maybe around 3:00) We will be bringing our bikes.

    June 17, 2013

  • Lee A.

    Patty - we are good on meat - how about a side dish? I am bringing clubs, not bike & my brand new nordic walking poles

    June 17, 2013

  • Patty

    Should I bring the chicken? Lee Anne, horseback riding sounds like fun, so maybe bring the golf clubs and not the bike?

    June 17, 2013

  • Sue

    I have a couple of veggie burgers to grill out on Friday night. So Friday night will be veggie & regular burgers, brats and some chicken. I figure that if we cook up the chicken it can also be used as sandwiches or in a salad the following day.

    June 14, 2013

    • Deano

      Thank you Sue for being so thoughtful. It turns out something came up and Leah and I have other obligations Saturday morning. If you don't mind, we can still come join you Saturday around 3:00. We can make it for dinner and Sunday breakfast but we would miss the rest of the the earlier meals. :-(

      June 16, 2013

  • Sue

    Did Lee Anne mention to all that she plan on going horseback riding one day? Apparently there are some riding stables nearby where horses can be rented. I know they don't have horses available in the park, but there are riding trails in the park.

    2 · June 12, 2013

  • Sue

    Are steaks OK one night for a meal? We'll have chicken, brats and hamburgers on the grill the other night.

    June 3, 2013

    • Janet

      I am fine with any foods.

      June 4, 2013

  • Janet

    I will bring granola, fruit and yogurt for breakfast for all to share.

    2 · June 4, 2013

  • Leah

    I will bring veg-friendly stuff for the meals.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Lee A.

    Indoor camping in a state park AND a golf course out the front door. I'll bring the s'mores

    May 12, 2013

  • Jim H.

    Hi Sue,
    If your August trip is to a lake, maybe I can bring a boat.

    May 9, 2013

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