Explore with Kids: Buffalo River State Park

Let’s explore Buffalo River State Park!

Buffalo River State Park

Buffalo River State Park

Location: 565 155th St S, Glyndon, MN

This scenic state park is a short drive from the Fargo-Moorhead area — just 15 miles east on Highway 10 into the start of lakes country Minnesota.

What to do:

Hike the trails! Overall they are fairly flat, well-maintained, and not too challenging. Also, many of the routes are short loops for little ones who tire easily (or for a mom who ends up having to carry someone).

Pack a lunch and find a shady spot for a picnic along the curvy banks of the Buffalo River.Buffalo River State Park

Fish along the river for white sucker, river redhorse, and goldeye.

Watch for wildlife like red foxes, badgers, coyotes, prairie toads, white-tailed deer, and jackrabbits.

Bring your binoculars and go bird watching. Keep an eye out for bobolinks, prairie chickens, marbled godwits, and upland sandpiper.

Why we love Buffalo River State Park:

It has great variation in the scenery, from prairie to woods with great river views.

The native prairie landscape gives a glimpse of what the state looked like prior to colonization.

The forest boasts beautiful trees including elm, ash, cottonwood, oak, and basswood provide shaded paths.

Buffalo River State Park is generally a well-kept and quiet.

Good to know:Buffalo River State Park

Please note that the swimming pond is closed again this summer.

The cost is $7 for a daily pass.

Bathrooms are available in the picnic area and campground year-round.

The park has 44 drive-in campsites, with sites for tents and campers.

Check the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Event Calendar for upcoming events at Buffalo River State Park. Including their Science Saturdays, Friday Night Hikes, and Campfire Talks.

Looking for more parks in and near Fargo to explore? Check out our Explore with Kids series or 6 Family-Friendly State Parks Near Fargo.
Previous articleHow to Go Camping with Young Kids (& Still Have Fun!)
Next articleDowntown Fargo Street Fair is Back This Summer!
Leah Tennefos
Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.