Barn Bluff

Red Wing, Minnesota 55066

Barn Bluff

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"This is a trail you’ll want to take at a slow pace due to its steady climb. Even with the elevation gain and several sets of steps, this hike is worth the effort needed to reach the top of the 340-foot bluff. The cliff showcases a spectacular view of the Mississippi River on one side and Red Wing on the other.

It’s a pretty trail through a scattering of trees on the south side and, on the north side, a more thickly wooded, rocky trail wedged between the Mississippi and the towering blu .Wildflowers that begin blooming in mid-to late April are sprinkled along the trail, creating a variety of color. The main highlight of this trail is to experience the view from the top, where miles of Wisconsin and Minnesota urban and rural countryside are visible with the backdrop of the beautiful Mississippi River."

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul (Menasha Ridge Press)
Tom Watson
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"“The most beautiful prospect that the imagination can form”: that’s how 18thcentury explorer Jonathan Carver described the view from Barn Bluff. Rising 343 feet above the town of Red Wing, Barn Bluff still evokes similar feelings from many. Henry David Thoreau probably agreed when he climbed it as a tourist. Stephen H. Long, a topographic engineer on an 1819 mapping expedition, no doubt found the view from Barn Bluff alluring as well. In the local Dakota tribal legends, the big bluff was the basis for a great tale. Two tribes fought over the “ownership” of the bluff to such an extent that the Great Spirit is said to have split the massive rock in two so each tribe could have part of it."

Barn Bluff Trip Reports

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5/16/2018
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10/5/2009
All three of these trails are lovely; what the south and north trails are best if you're in it for a workout.
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6/22/2007
This park was a pleasant surprise. It’s fairly small, but very well kept and appears to have nice facilities (we didn’t see all the buildings – but those we did see appeared quite nice). The trails are nicely wooded and have a mixture of narrow and wide winding trails. The only drawback we found was the limited number of trails due to the small area of the state park. Also, there were a number of stagnant ponds that created some great breeding grounds for mosquitoes – so make sure and pack the bug spray.
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8/29/2005
Be sure to check out the small, rustic log cabins they have for a great weekend of log fires by night and winter wonderlanf hikes by day.
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Trail Information

Red Wing
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Spring through fall
Season
680 feet
Trailhead Elevation
980 feet
Top Elevation
City of Red Wing, Department of Public Works, Red Wing, MN; (651) 385-3674; www.redwing.net; Red Wing Chamber of Commerce, Red Wing, MN; (651) 388-4719; redwingchamber.com
Local Contacts
USGS Red Wing
Local Maps

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