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Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls

(4.4/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I love this place. It was an unseasonably warm February day and sunny. I had a guest in from out of town and was hoping we could hike and climb the rock formations to see the potholes. Unfortunately, ...  more »
  • Not open year-round, but it is a great place to go bouldering and feel like you get a change from the prairies of Minnesota.  more »
  • I went there with my friend for rock climbing in October. The weather was perfect and it was beautiful to see Mississippi river with colored trees. Plus,it's a great place for outdoor activities.  more »
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  • Beautiful park with well kept trails. The Wisconsin side is better if you're the more serious/adventurous hiker. If you're more into the touristy stuff with easy trails, the Minnesota side is the way to go. The day pass for Wisconsin is more expensive as well, but totally worth it.
  • GREAT scenery!!! Little bit of construction going on right outside of the park area, but nothing too annoying. Pretty much stayed by the glacial pothole area, was able to get a nice seat to myself, and just look out into the the raging river. Will definitely be back in the fall to see the fall colors.
  • Wow what a amazing place to be in the fall . I walked mid morning and was beautiful as the sun shifted location, a must if enjoy a good walk.
  • Very nice hiking. Kids loved the potholes. Hiked for 3+ miles and all of the family enjoyed. So much to do there that we didn't get to. Will be back again.
  • Incredible river and rock formation views. Plan for all day hiking. Pet-friendly. This is the best and most scenic park on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.