Fort Ridgely State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
The Fort Ridgely historic site is an important part of the park, but most visitors linger because it’s fun to be outdoors here. This southern Minnesota park offers visitors a glimpse of Minnesota’s past as well as some challenging hikes and horseback rides. Fort Ridgely has the distinction of being the only Minnesota state park that operates its own golf course, though its future is in question. Fort Ridgely State Park is located 6 miles south of Fairfax in Minnesota’s Nicollet and Renville Counties.