Itasca State Park One of Top Five In Nation

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Itasca State Park One of Top Five In Nation

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM CDT

Itasca State Park was named as one of the top five state parks out of more than 7,800 state parks in the country.

It joins the likes of state parks in California, New York, Colorado and North Carolina.

The list was compiled by Outside magazine.

It's the oldest state park in Minnesota and boasts the starting point for the Mississippi River. Its 30 miles of trails and more than 100 lakes is what put Itasca at the top.

Last year, state parks saw almost three times as many visitors as national parks, 740 million visits compared to 276 million visits.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Adirondack Park, and DuPont State Forest were also ranked in the top five.

Source: Outside Magazine

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