Interstate State Park

Taylors Falls, Minnesota

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A short hike to hidden falls and an overlook of the Saint Croix River valley. For over a century, this small park along the river has been a getaway favored for its scenic beauty and unusual geology. In fact, its worth was so apparent that it became Minnesota’s second state park, after Itasca. A bit later it became the country’s first interstate park, with both Minnesota and Wisconsin sharing the river’s charms on both banks. The Wisconsin side has the larger park with over 1,000 acres, featuring good trails along the Dalles of the Saint Croix. The Minnesota side also has several unique qualities: a tour of the towering 50-foot basalt bluffs on the western side, a waterfall, and an amazing collection of potholes. These potholes are located just outside of Taylors Falls alongside the river. More than eighty holes, with names like Bake Oven, Bottomless Pit, and Devil’s Parlor give an idea of what the area is like.
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by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A short hike to hidden falls and an overlook of the Saint Croix River valley. For over a century, this small park along the river has been a getaway favored for its scenic beauty and unusual geology. In fact, its worth was so apparent that it became Minnesota’s second state park, after Itasca. A bit later it became the country’s first interstate park, with both Minnesota and Wisconsin sharing the river’s charms on both banks.

The Wisconsin side has the larger park with over 1,000 acres, featuring good trails along the Dalles of the Saint Croix. The Minnesota side also has several unique qualities: a tour of the towering 50-foot basalt bluffs on the western side, a waterfall, and an amazing collection of potholes. These potholes are located just outside of Taylors Falls alongside the river. More than eighty holes, with names like Bake Oven, Bottomless Pit, and Devil’s Parlor give an idea of what the area is like.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Taylors Falls
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 710 feet
Top Elevation: 960 feet
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map; USGS quad: Saint Croix Dalles.
Driving Directions: Directions to Interstate State Park

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