Barn Bluff

Red Wing, Minnesota

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“The most beautiful prospect that the imagination can form.” That’s how 18th-century explorer Jonathan Carver described the view from Barn Bluff. Rising 343 feet above the town of Red Wing, Barn Bluff still evokes similar feelings from many. Henry David Thoreau probably agreed when he climbed it as a tourist. Stephen H. Long, the topographic engineer on an 1819 mapping expedition, no doubt found the view from Barn Bluff alluring as well.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul

by Tom Watson (Menasha Ridge Press)

“The most beautiful prospect that the imagination can form.” That’s how 18th-century explorer Jonathan Carver described the view from Barn Bluff. Rising 343 feet above the town of Red Wing, Barn Bluff still evokes similar feelings from many.

Henry David Thoreau probably agreed when he climbed it as a tourist. Stephen H. Long, the topographic engineer on an 1819 mapping expedition, no doubt found the view from Barn Bluff alluring as well.

©  Tom Watson/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Red Wing
Distance: 1.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5–2.5 hours
Season: Best late spring–fall
Local Contacts: Barn Bluff Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Barn Bluff

Recent Trail Reviews

6/22/2007
1

This park was a pleasant surprise. It’s fairly small, but very well kept and appears to have nice facilities (we didn’t see all the buildings – but those we did see appeared quite nice). The trails are nicely wooded and have a mixture of narrow and wide winding trails. The only drawback we found was the limited number of trails due to the small area of the state park. Also, there were a number of stagnant ponds that created some great breeding grounds for mosquitoes – so make sure and pack the bug spray.


8/29/2005
1

Be sure to check out the small, rustic log cabins they have for a great weekend of log fires by night and winter wonderlanf hikes by day.



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