A National Scenic Riverway, the lower St. Croix River winds along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, hemmed in by wooded bluffs and rocky escarpments. This drive rambles along the alternately wild and pastoral St. Croix for 60 miles, visiting three state parks and picturesque river towns such as Hastings, Afton, Stillwater, and Taylors Falls.
Special attractions: Wonderful views of the forested bluffs and islands of the St. Croix River; historic river towns of Hastings, Afton, Stillwater, Marine-on-St. Croix, and Taylors Falls; Northern Vineyards and Alexis Bailly wineries; dramatic Dalles of the St. Croix and glacial potholes at Interstate State Park; hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and birdwatching at three state parks and Carpenter-St. Croix Valley Nature Center; antique shopping, riverside picnicking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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