HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel

27910 Forest Lane
Itasca State Park
Park Rapids, Minnesota 56470
Call 1 (218) 266-3415

About HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel

  • Exterior of HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
  • Bunks beds at HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
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  • Living room area at HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
  • Marker at the headwaters of the source of the Mississippi River.
  • Lounge area at HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
  • Biking in Itasca State Park
  • Kayaks in Itasca State Park
  • Exterior of HI Mississippi Headwaters during snow season
  • View of stream near HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel

If you crave fresh air, meeting travelers from around the world, and kicking your feet up by the fire after a long day of hiking, then check into the HI Mississippi Headwaters hostel. Located inside Itasca State Park in scenic northwestern Minnesota, our historic lodge-style hostel offers all this and so much more. With dorm beds and private rooms plus a cozy common room and kitchen for hanging out and making meals, you will feel right at home in our wilderness retreat. Our hostel accommodations are perfect for groups of friends or families who want to stay together.

The surrounding park is like an outdoor resort, with 30 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and 17 miles of paved bike trails. If you prefer water sports, bike and boat rentals and a beach are right across the road. Be sure to visit the Mississippi headwaters, where the mighty Mississippi River starts its long journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Our friendly hostel staff can help you map out your adventures, and you never know when they’ll be making fresh goat cheese in the kitchen. While you may feel like you’re miles away from civilization, don’t worry: we have Wi-Fi to help you stay connected. We look forward to welcoming you at HI Mississippi Headwaters.


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