Interstate State Park, Minnesota

Center City, Minnesota

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Though Interstate State Park is now protected, at one time this and the surrounding areas provided a valuable resource for the logging industry. With vast tracks of white pine to the north and a wide river to float them down, the logging industry soon proved to be an economic boon to Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin. As Taylors Falls and the surrounding area became increasingly popular with visitors, many people started building in the Dalles section of the St. Croix valley. Recognizing that the beauty and unspoiled nature of the land was threatened with continual development, a bill was introduced and passed in 1894 authorizing the state to work with Wisconsin to acquire land along the river. More than 1,600 acres were set aside between the two states, and Interstate State Park became the first interstate park in the country.
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)

Though Interstate State Park is now protected, at one time this and the surrounding areas provided a valuable resource for the logging industry. With vast tracks of white pine to the north and a wide river to float them down, the logging industry soon proved to be an economic boon to Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin.

As Taylors Falls and the surrounding area became increasingly popular with visitors, many people started building in the Dalles section of the St. Croix valley. Recognizing that the beauty and unspoiled nature of the land was threatened with continual development, a bill was introduced and passed in 1894 authorizing the state to work with Wisconsin to acquire land along the river. More than 1,600 acres were set aside between the two states, and Interstate State Park became the first interstate park in the country.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Center City
Distance: 0.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2–3 hours
Season: Mostly summer
Local Contacts: Taylor Falls Wayside Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Interstate State Park, Minnesota

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