Whitewater State Park

Saint Charles, Minnesota

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Eroded white clay along the banks of the Whitewater River causes its water to appear milky white in the spring. This white water impressed the Dakota Indians, who were the first to inhabit the area and gave the river its name. Several miles of trails loop through the popular, scenic Whitewater State Park, offering a variety of hike lengths. The Dakota Trail takes you to the top of the bluffs for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The Valley Trail follows alongside the river, offering scenic views of the blu s from below. The Whitewater River Valley is known for its plant and animal diversity and is home to species not found in other sections of Minnesota, among them the shagbark hickory and the timber rattlesnake.
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by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

Eroded white clay along the banks of the Whitewater River causes its water to appear milky white in the spring. This white water impressed the Dakota Indians, who were the first to inhabit the area and gave the river its name. Several miles of trails loop through the popular, scenic Whitewater State Park, offering a variety of hike lengths.

The Dakota Trail takes you to the top of the bluffs for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The Valley Trail follows alongside the river, offering scenic views of the blu s from below. The Whitewater River Valley is known for its plant and animal diversity and is home to species not found in other sections of Minnesota, among them the shagbark hickory and the timber rattlesnake.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Saint Charles
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 170 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 880 feet
Top Elevation: 1,050 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Whitewater State Park: 507-312-2300 and 507-312-2301; www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html
Local Maps: USGS Elba MN
Driving Directions: Directions to Whitewater State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2009
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Beautiful park, family friendly. The river is a great place for kids to play, trails lead to some great views. Go see chimney rock. Best part virtually misquito free!


7/28/2008
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