Explore the Scenic St. Croix Valley

 

 

 

Camping & Hiking

 

 Looking for Amazing Places to Camp & Hike?

 

If you're looking to escape city life, look no further than the beautiful St. Croix Valley Campgrounds & Parks.

 

 Minnesota

 

Wiiliam O’ Brien State Park

The 2200 acre park offers 12 miles of trails range from easy to difficult.  Trials wind through wooded areas, wetlands, and restored oak savanna areas. 

 

Afton State Park

The 1600 acre rugged, rolling landscape of this park provides excellent hiking and skiing opportunities with scenic overlooks of the St Croix River. The Prairie Walk interpretive trail, oak savannas and wooded river valley offer an interesting contrast of wildlife habitats. The visitor center offers a good place to get oriented to the trails and special features of the park. 20 mi of hiking trails, within 10 mi bike trail and 5 mi horse trail; 18 mi cross-country ski trail and a sliding hill. 

 

Interstate Park

Comprised of two adjacent state parks on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, both named Interstate State Park; The parks straddle The Dalles of the St. Croix River, a deep basalt gorge with glacial potholes and other rock formations. The Wisconsin park is 1,330 acres and the Minnesota Park is 298 acres.  Interstate Park – Minnesota is a great place during the summer to hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes, lava flows, and traces of old streams.  Interstate Park – Wisconsin offers Scenic overlooks and nine miles of trails with spots to watch wildlife and explore the river bottom.

 

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is 2,165 acres (3.5 square miles) with 80 percent of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. This portion will eventually resemble the land as it was prior to the arrival of the settlers in the mid-1800s. This park reserve offers gently rolling hills with a variety of landscape types, including forest and prairie. Watch for pheasants, weasels, red fox, woodpeckers, cardinals, cottontail rabbits, squirrels, and white-tailed deer.

 

Wild River State Park

Located along 18 miles of the beautiful St. Croix River, the park offers camping, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, interpretive programs, self-guided trails, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

 

St. Croix River Bluffs

Nestled between Afton and Hastings, MN with expansive valley views.  The park offers campgrounds, hiking trails, a boat launch and fishing pier.  651-430-8240.

 

 

Wisconsin

 

Willow River State Park

The 2,891-acre park offers approximately 21 miles of hiking trails.  The park is located five miles north of Hudson, WI. The centerpiece of the park is Willow Falls, a powerful cascade in a 200-foot deep gorge. Another popular feature is Little Falls Lake, a shallow reservoir on the Willow River. 

 

Kinnickinnic State Park

Located south of Hudson, WI., the park offers an overlook of the sandy delta where the “kinni” river, a world class trout stream meets the St. Croix. 715-425-1129.

 

Interstate Park

Comprised of two adjacent state parks on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, both named Interstate State Park; the parks straddle The Dalles of the St. Croix River, a deep basalt gorge with glacial potholes and other rock formations. The Wisconsin park is 1,330 acres and the Minnesota park is 298 acres.  Interstate Park – Minnesota is a great place during the summer to hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes, lava flows, and traces of old streams.  Interstate Park – Wisconsin offers Scenic overlooks and nine miles of trails with spots to watch wildlife and explore the river bottom.

 

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Located within a half hour of the Twin Cities, near the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers, Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center provides a unique opportunity for you to learn and explore the outdoors. With property on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the scenic St. Croix River, the Center has been able to preserve its wildlife habitat. Hiking trails wind throughout the tall pines, oak savanna, restored prairies, wooded ravines, around the apple orchard, and along the river of the 425 acre Main Campus. With over 10 miles of hiking trails, three-and-a-half which are paved to accommodate persons with mobility limitations, you will see a vast variety of plant and animal communities. Wildlife abounds in the restored prairie and wooded bluffs on the 300-acre Wisconsin Nature Preserve

 

 

Private Campground

 

Apple River Family Campground

Located in Somerset,WI, the Apple River, tributary of the St. Croix is known for river tubing and camping. 

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St. Croix Valley Regional Tourism Alliance

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Last Updated: 1/5/2017