Whitewater State Park

Elba, Minnesota 55910

Whitewater State Park

Whitewater State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This hike is East of Rochester, just south of Elba, an exploration of the flat bottom valleys and the high towering blufftops overlooking Whitewater River.

The Dakota named this river Miniska, which translates to “white water,” for the spring runoff that washes the banks into the river, turning the water a milky white. The river has three branches: the north, south, and middle, which runs through the park. With 2,800 acres, the park covers both sides of this branch and nearly the whole watershed of Trout Run Creek, a tributary to the Middle Fork.

The Dakota Trail, the main loop in the park, takes a tour of the Whitewater River’s bluffs, climbing the slopes three times, and then travels along the wide, level river valley bottom. The trail starts across the road from the nature store and immediately ascends a wooden staircase (over 300 steps)."

Whitewater State Park Reviews

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I was plesantly surprised on Inspiration Point. This short steep trail is adjacent to the Trout Run Creek Trail. It has many wood stairs to climb which make it easy to walk on, but still difficult to endure. It takes only 15 minutes to get to the top if you go without taking a break. Once at the top you have a magnificent scenic view from atop a rock precipice. In three directions it is a steep drop off of around 100 feet. Not for those afaid of heights. Walk out onto the outcropping to enjoy the view, but stay away from the ledge!

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Trail Information

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300 feet
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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map; USGS quad: Elba (one of the prettiest topographic maps in the state -maybe even suitable for framing).
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Jul 2018