Interstate State Park

Taylors Falls, Minnesota 55084

Interstate State Park

Interstate State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A short hike to hidden falls and an overlook of the Saint Croix River valley. For over a century, this small park along the river has been a getaway favored for its scenic beauty and unusual geology. In fact, its worth was so apparent that it became Minnesota’s second state park, after Itasca. A bit later it became the country’s first interstate park, with both Minnesota and Wisconsin sharing the river’s charms on both banks.

The Wisconsin side has the larger park with over 1,000 acres, featuring good trails along the Dalles of the Saint Croix. The Minnesota side also has several unique qualities: a tour of the towering 50-foot basalt bluffs on the western side, a waterfall, and an amazing collection of potholes. These potholes are located just outside of Taylors Falls alongside the river. More than eighty holes, with names like Bake Oven, Bottomless Pit, and Devil’s Parlor give an idea of what the area is like."

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Trail Information

Taylors Falls
Nearby City
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
710 feet
Trailhead Elevation
960 feet
Top Elevation
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map; USGS quad: Saint Croix Dalles.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018