Headwaters of the Mississippi River

The source of the mighty Mississippi can be traced back to upstate Minnesota in Itasca State Park. We’ve been to this location before and it’s a cool spot to visit. It’s especially fun to walk across the Mississippi River — in about 30 seconds!

Itasca State Park is Minnesota’s oldest state park and the second oldest in the nation. It totals more than 32,000 acres. After you visit the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center the trip down to the actual headwaters is a short walk.

Finn took the rocky path across the creek with other visitors who wanted to walk across the Mississippi. Here is where the river begins to flow on its 2,552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico and it’s fun to think about our NYCtoUSA travels in comparison. We’ve traveled the length of Mississippi River almost seven times so far in our Itasca Reyo motorhome!

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