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Hiking

Looking for amazing places to hike?

If you're looking to escape city life, look no further than the beautiful St. Croix valley campgrounds and parks.

Afton State Park – Afton, MN

Afton State Park – Afton, MN – Provides an excellent combination of grassland, woodland and riverine habitat for a wide variety of bird life.  Restored prairie areas are excellent for eastern meadowlark, bobolink, savannah, vesper, field and Henslow’s sparrows.  29 species of warblers have been recorded in the park. The 1600 …

Apple River Family Campground

Apple River Family Campground 715-247-3600 Located in Somerset,WI, the Apple River, tributary of the St. Croix is known for river tubing and camping.

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

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 …

Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, WI, Taylors Falls, MN

Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, WI, Taylors Falls, MN – Steep cliffs provide updrafts for raptors, Northern rough-winged swallows are common along the river, the west edge of the park provides habitat for sparrows, thrushes, vireos and flycatchers. Comprised of two adjacent state parks on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, both named …

Kinnickinnic State Park – River Falls, WI

Kinnickinnic State Park – River Falls, WI.- Offers panoramic views of the river gorge as well as secluded hiking trails that traverse both prairie and upland forests.  Signature species include:  Northern Waterthrush, Common Mergansers and Blackburnian Warblers.   Kinnickinnic River State Park W 11983 820th Ave. River Falls, WI 715-425-1129

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

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 …

St. Croix River Bluffs

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

Wild River State Park – Center City, MN

Wild River State Park – Center City, MN – Outstanding location for birding; great diversity of species, over 200.  Excellent for viewing – warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and sparrows during migration.  Red-shouldered Hawks and Barred Owls are widespread. Located along 18 miles of the beautiful St. Croix River, the park offers …

William O’ Brien State Park – Marine on St. Croix, MN

William O’ Brien State Park – Marine on St. Croix, MN – Woodland provides for wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, and wood thrush and there is excellent edge habitat for eastern towhee and for golden-winged and blue-winged warblers. The 2200 acre park offers 12 miles of trails range from easy to difficult. …

Willow River State Park – Hudson, WI

Willow River State Park – Hudson, WI – Varied habitats to explore, views of Willow River waterfall and gorge can be enjoyed from several trails.  Common species include: Henslow’s Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Meadowlarks. The 2,891-acre park offers approximately 21 miles of hiking trails. The park is located five miles …

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