Crow Wing State Park
Indian battles, voyageurs and a ghost town provide a colorful historical backdrop for today’s explorers at Crow Wing State Park. Located at the confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers, the park’s name derives from the wing-shaped island that seems to guard the junction of the two rivers. The Indian name for the Crow Wing River was ‘Ka-Gi-Wig-Wan’, which means ‘Raven’s Wing’.
Crow Wing State Park is located about 9 miles south of Brainerd on the Great River Road Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Crow Wing County.
The 18 miles of hiking trails at Crow Wing State Park travel through a rich mixture of oak forests and prairie areas and are a joy to explore year-round. Hikers can retrace the early fur traders’ footsteps on the Woods Trail, which is part of the famous ox cart route used to transport goods in the days before the railroad.
A boardwalk with interpretive signs through the town site of what was once the bustling village of Crow Wing takes you back in time to the early settlers. Another trail passes by the site of a famous 1768 battle between the Dakota and Ojibwe.