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Barn Bluff, Red Wing

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Barn Bluff is a bluff along the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minnesota, United States. The bluff is associated with Dakota legend from hundreds of years ago. During the 19th century, the bluff functioned as a visual reference for explorers and travelers. The bluff overlooks the downtown area and towers about 400ft above the Mississippi River with an extensive view of Lake Pepin to the south. It is one of hundreds of bluffs in the Driftless Area, which covers parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, in addition to the southeastern toe of Minnesota.GeologyMost of the bluff is displaced approximately 40m upwards relative to the adjoining bedrock along the Red Wing Fault, which transects the bluff near its south face. It is composed of early Paleozoic rocks, including Ordovician dolomite and sandstone atop Cambrian shale, siltstone and greensand at its base, deposited by early Paleozoic seas. The aggregates left by glacial drift and wind-deposited loess form a 20m cap deposited some 450 million years after the bedrock beneath. Barn Bluff was cut off from nearby uplands by an earlier course of the ancestral Mississippi along which US Highway 61 now runs, and it was an island during the massive outflow of Glacial River Warren which carved much of the present Upper Mississippi Valley.
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  • According to local Dakota legend, hundreds of years ago, back in the days of floppy disks, Clearly Canadian, and when Bob Barker hosted "The Price is Right", a large mountain stood in the place of Bar...  more »
  • Great family friendly hike, views spectacular and price was right as it was free. Pet friendly too, will do it again in the spring.  more »
  • A great place to hike and view the City of Red Wing. There were some historical markers along the way. Not a huge place, but can get in a couple miles of hiking.  more »
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  • I absolutely love coming here. The scenery is top notch. I gave it four stars this round because they are still working on the expert area of the North trail which is my favorite place to walk here, and there some flowery bushes currently growing on some paths that are filled with bees and make for some high anxiety moments. If you aren't concerned with those things, it's definitely worth a day trip out to Red Wing. Once the safety corrections are finished on the North Trail, it will be amazing to be able to walk on it again!
  • Great outdoor door. I come out here to read my books and be inspired by the scenery.
  • Great place to hike with many trails.
  • More interesting, more difficult ascent (North Trail). Wonderful view.
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