William O’Brien State Park, Upper Park Trail

Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota

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This hike begins at the interpretive center and is aptly named the Upper Park Trail. Geologically speaking, the St. Croix valley was cut by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. Remnants of that action are evident beside the river, in the deep gorges cut into the sandstone and lava-deposited rock. Upland, evidence of the glaciers includes rolling hills, potholes, and boulders of various sizes strewn throughout the forests and meadows. All of these upland clues are visible along this trail.
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)

This hike begins at the interpretive center and is aptly named the Upper Park Trail. Geologically speaking, the St. Croix valley was cut by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. Remnants of that action are evident beside the river, in the deep gorges cut into the sandstone and lava-deposited rock.

Upland, evidence of the glaciers includes rolling hills, potholes, and boulders of various sizes strewn throughout the forests and meadows. All of these upland clues are visible along this trail.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marine on Saint Croix
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2–3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: William O'Brien State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to William O’Brien State Park, Upper Park Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/15/2008
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This is a fantastic trail. Very well maintained and perfect for the beginner to moderate hiker! This trail truly is a "hidden gem" and is home of one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. Don't miss this hike!!



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