HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel

in the beautiful state of Minnesota
  • lobby of HI MIssissipi Headwaters with front desk
  • lounge in the Itasa State Park Hostel with fireplace and chairs
  • floorplan of Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
  • five bed dorm room in HI Mississippi Headwaters
  • dining area in the Itasca State Park 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 come check out the HI Mississippi Headwaters hostel. Located inside Itasca State Park, our hostel offers all this and so much more. With dorm beds and privates to meet the needs of all types of travelers, and a cozy common room and kitchen for hanging out and making meals, we’ve got everything you need to feel right at home in our wilderness retreat.

The surrounding park has 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. 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 still have Wi-Fi to help you stay connected. We look forward to welcoming you at HI Mississippi Headwaters.


Make the most of your Mid-Western adventure and head to Wisconsin’s state capitol, Madison, next where’ll find a surprisingly lively music scene and good beer.

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  • Air conditioning
  • Basic store available at or near the hostel
  • Common room(s)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Cycle rental available at or near the hostel
  • Games room
  • Earth friendly hostel
  • Groups welcome
  • Individual traveller welcome
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lockers available
  • Luggage Store
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Suitable for wheelchair users
  • Beach nearby
  • Historical sites nearby
  • Leisure facilities nearby
  • Main attractions nearby
  • Restaurants nearby
  • River nearby

Address & Contact

HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
27910 Forest Lane
Itasca State Park
Park Rapids Minnesota 56470
Phone 1 (218) 266-3415
Fax 1 (218) 266-3415
GPS 47.234790, -95.196370

Bus & Train tickets to Park Rapids, MN (Mississipi Headwaters Hostel)

Hostel is located inside Itasca State Park. From the east entrance, you will take a right on Main Park Dr. & drive 3 1/2 miles. From the north entrance, take a left on Main Park Dr.& drive about 1/2 mile. Follow the Hostel blue triangular signs.

More Information

Bed Capacity > Total Beds 31

Opening Times

> 8am - 10am & 5pm - 10pm > Open Weekends Jan-Mar > Closed April > Open Weekends in May > Open 7 days Jun-Aug > Open Weekends Sep-Oct > Open 14 days the first two weeks in Nov (deer hunting season) > Closed Nov-Dec > Open daily Christmas to New Year’s > Open weekends Jan to mid-March

Open other days by appointment

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