Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls

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#23 of 113 in Nature in Minnesota
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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  • This park is the reason my wife moved from the Twin Cities to the Chisago Lakes area. Several challenging trails. The River Trail follows the St. Croix River, up and down through the cliffs, with seve...  more »
  • We visited in the Fall and enjoyed the trees turning red. The park is really very spectacular. On both sides of the river there are canyon views. The water erosion pots are amazing. The park is well p...  more »
  • This MN state park is one of my favorites. It is situated along the St. Croix River in a beautiful valley just south of Taylor’s Falls. We hiked three of the trails and enjoyed each one of them. There...  more »
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  • Great place for a day trip, and hiking with great views! Even better in the off season when the park is empty (I'm not much of a tourist.) If you're a state park sort of camper, it's nice for that too, with canoe rentals, great picnic shelters, and sheltered campsites.
  • Best park in the metro area. Take the high bluffs hike west and north from the ranger center into Taylor's falls. Then check out the glacial potholes. Finish with the traditional hike back along the water's edge cliffs of the St. Croix river. Beautiful any time of year.
  • I personally have lived here or have family that has lived in the area since 1973. This is home to me. I love all four seasons and recommend people visit and take advantage of what the area has to offer both Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls. St Croix River Valley is such a beautiful place!
  • Great park for experiencing the Saint Croix river. Rent kayaks or canoes and float down one of the most scenic rivers in the world. Check out the world's largest potholes in the rock formations near the river. These deep holes in the rocks come from fire and ice and sand, and were formed over the ever-changing eons. The depth of some of these mysterious and fascinating holes have still today not been determined! Don't slip!
  • This place was really beautiful. Great place to go for numerous reasons including to have fun or take pictures! Awesome all around!
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