"Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hiawatha Valley, protected by the magnificent Mississippi River bluffs, the cruise begins in pretty Red Wing. No stranger to this historic river community, Mark Twain once wrote:"This amazing region, bristling with great towns . . . and majestic bluffs charms one with the grace and variety of their form. And then you have the shining river, with steamboats vanishing around every remote point." Starting a ride here treats you to a delightful dose of Americana, as you venture inward, touring around one breathtaking valley after another.
Notice the bluffs, and how they accentuate this historic milling town from the river as you leave the park. On Levee Road you will come up to the Historic Red Wing Depot. With all the sculptures and art exhibits here, this is a great place to walk around and stretch your muscles after the ride. This river port city started with a pottery shop, and by 1870, after the discovery of extensive clay pits, Red Wing Stoneware Company was developed. The town’s name was derived from a series of Dakota chiefs named Whoo-pa-doo-to, meaning “wings of scarlet.”"