Hiawatha Cruise Ride Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Many have been intrigued at the prospect of visiting the site they have read about in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s well-known poem The Song of Hiawatha. Hopefully, this cruise will allow you to explore this area that evolved from the red pipe-stone quarry. Located in the extreme southwest part of Minnesota, the ride leaves from Pipestone and travels south, first visiting Split Rock Creek State Park, where the stone dam there was built using Sioux quartzite.
Then onto Jasper, where a reddish quartz stone used around the area is still quarried and goat races are popular. Crossing the open farm fields to the north, the route travels northeast to Holland. Along the way you will see many wind farms and pheasants flying out from the ditches. On your return learn more of the legacy of Pipestone and the village’s historic district."