Interstate State Park- Wisconsin, Saint Croix Falls

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Interstate Park comprises two adjacent state parks on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, both named Interstate State Park. They straddle the Dalles of the St. Croix River, a deep basalt gorge with glacial potholes and other rock formations. The Wisconsin park is 1330acre and the Minnesota park is 298acre. The towns of Taylors Falls, Minnesota and St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin are adjacent to the park. Interstate Park is within the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. The western terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is on the Wisconsin side. On the Minnesota side, two areas contain National Park Service rustic style buildings and structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Geology1.1 billion years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions from the Midcontinent Rift System sent at least ten separate lava flows across the region that now includes Interstate Park. These flows hardened into basalt, which fractured at several joints. In the Cambrian period, between 530 and 470 million years ago, the region was covered by a shallow sea which deposited sandstone and siltstone atop the basalt. This epoch of the Cambrian, the Furongian, was originally called the Croixian in North America because the layers exposed in this area were its type locality.
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TripAdvisor
  • Despite being the oldest state park in Wisconsin, it was one of my favorite places to hike due to the beautiful scenery. There are a lot of neat rock formations and cliffs along the river where you ca...  more »
  • Did both the Minnesota and Wisconsin side on Memorial Day weekend with a 80 minute boat ride on the Minnesota side. I found the walks on the Wisconsin longer with better views. But the Minnesota side ...  more »
  • We had been to the Minnesota side of this park, but had never visited the Wisconsin side. The waterfall intrigued us, so we took that path. While this hike was quiet, it wasn't all that scenic. Just a...  more »
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  • Great park, though I only made it to the Minnesota side. The glacial potholes are impressive and quite weird in a great way—they're just something new and strange. The river and the hiking are gorgeous, I'd highly recommend taking an afternoon to visit.
  • Great mountain ranges to climb on. Perfect if you're an experienced rock climber. Beautiful lake and scenery. Definitely a special park, if you're in the area i suggest stopping by.
  • I like visiting state parks. The big pro of this one is the area by the river with natural holes to see in the rock. That is really cool. The hiking trails were less then average on account of being frequently near a busy road but the views of the river were breathtaking
  • Love this park and campgrounds on the MN side! You can legally consume alcohol on the Wisconsin side campgrounds. I'd cross the border for that legality.
  • Liked it but it is so touristy now it's kind of annoying. If you want to constantly be bumping into other people, then come here and explore where everything has been walked over and exploited over and over. Plus you must pay the 5 dollars for fear of 100% getting a ticket because the park rangers stand there and wait till u walk off the path and they sprint for your car.