Great River Bluffs State Park

Winona, Minnesota

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Hikes in southeastern Minnesota are noted for their spectacular views of the Mississippi River Valley, great expanses of farmland, and nearby cities. Most of the hikes at Great River Bluffs are easy trails the whole family can enjoy. However, watch children closely near bluff edges. Trails can be slippery when wet, and the bluff hikes take you 500 to 600 feet above the river. The Great River Bluffs trails lead you through an interpretive nature trail, to scenic overlooks, and through hardwood forests to the top of King’s Bluff for a clear view of green valleys and the Mississippi River far below. You can choose short hikes, take longer loops, or cover all of the 6.5 miles of trails in the park.
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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

Hikes in southeastern Minnesota are noted for their spectacular views of the Mississippi River Valley, great expanses of farmland, and nearby cities. Most of the hikes at Great River Bluffs are easy trails the whole family can enjoy. However, watch children closely near bluff edges.

Trails can be slippery when wet, and the bluff hikes take you 500 to 600 feet above the river. The Great River Bluffs trails lead you through an interpretive nature trail, to scenic overlooks, and through hardwood forests to the top of King’s Bluff for a clear view of green valleys and the Mississippi River far below. You can choose short hikes, take longer loops, or cover all of the 6.5 miles of trails in the park.

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

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Winona
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,190 feet
Top Elevation: 1,280 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Great River Bluffs State Park; (507) 643-6849; Department of Natural Resources, Information Center, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296-6157 or (800) 646-6367 (only in MN); www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks
Local Maps: USGS Pickwick
Driving Directions: Directions to Great River Bluffs State Park

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