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Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 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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  • The trails here are amazing. They also give way for you to explore on your own off trail as long as you are careful of slippery rocks. 100% recommend visiting though the PARKING IS NOT FREE. Saw many ...  read more »
  • This is a lovely and small park. Couple nice hikes and the glacial pot holes are worth seeing. Know that if you want a quiet remote park this isn't a fit, its busy and a river boat will go by down the...  read more »
  • This park is well kept, the spaces are average in size. There is little coverage between sites but it is pretty, there are some pretty trails. The fire pits are well kept, along with the picnic tables...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I've never camped at Interstate Park, but I've gone a few times to look at the potholes and to climb along the river. The daily admission is $5 (great price), or you can use your annual MN State Parks permit. The climbing permits are free! Great place for climbing, too; just recently I was there when the ranger station was open and they have a whole presentation about how the rock formations came to be. I found it fascinating and really fun to learn about the foundation of a sport that I love!
  • 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.
  • This park is in the Minnesota - Wisconsin border and they have good scenic views. Good for boating, kayaking and canoeing at Taylor falls. Even you can take the trails. Riverview trail and Railroad trail will make a 3 mile loop.
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