Drive-in and RV camping, canoe rental and seasonal naturalist programs. Historic site and interpretive center and both enclosed and open picnic areas. Canoe shuttle, excursion boat and gift shop nearby.
As comfortable as life can be in the Twin Cities, we all occasionally need a getaway, a place that feels like a real escape from urban life but is close enough that we can get back for chores or work the next day. Interstate State Park, just outside of Taylors Falls, makes a spectacular day trip to a postcard-pretty basalt gorge along the St. Croix River, and it's just an hour from Minneapolis and St. Paul. The park is among the oldest in the state, established in 1895 (it has a sister park... More »
In 2010, the nonprofit group American Trails named Minnesota the "Best Trails State" in the country, so it's a tall order to pick just one representative hike. But the astounding natural beauty found within the boundaries of Interstate Park along the St. Croix River is a resource all Minnesotans should take advantage of. The landscape has been carved out literally by fire and ice--huge glaciers and lava flows--creating dramatic bluffs and waterfalls. Fossilized remains and stone... More »
Of Minnesota's three major rivers, the St. Croix is by far the loveliest. Its waters run cleaner and clearer than those of the Mississippi or the Minnesota. That's not the main appeal. Plainly put, the St. Croix Valley is home to some of the most stunning scenery in all Minnesota. And nowhere is that scenery more dramatic than at Interstate Park. With its jagged rock cliffs, waterfall, and whitewater rapids, the park is sheer eye candy. The dramatic rock formations--produced by lava... More »
Let's face it, within the city limits, there just isn't a lot of great rock-climbing to be had. But just a quick 45 miles north of town (via Highway 8) in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, you can scale cliffs galore. Novice and expert climbers alike can find a rock that's right. Take a break and inhale a deep hit of fresh country air. Set yourself down, unpack a lunch, and soak up the scenery. Best time to go: autumn, when the valley is ablaze with fall colors. It makes a fine day trip... More »