HIKING TRAILS & MAPS OF

Interstate State Park, MN

MINNESOTA INTERSTATE PARK

Interstate State Park, MN is a state park located along the St. Croix River. Explore approximately 5 miles of trails that will take you into the woods, along the river, and into the Glacial Potholes area where you can peer into the world’s deepest explored pothole.

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PARK ADDRESS:

NORTH ENTRANCE
256 Traprock St,
Taylors Falls, MN 55084

SOUTH ENTRANCE:
307 Milltown Road
Taylors Falls, MN 55084

651-465-5711

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A MN State Park Pass is required for all trails. $35 annual/$7daily fee. (2020 rates. Subject to change per the MN DNR. For a full list of pass fees, go here.)

The visitors center and indoor interpretive center are located at the north entrance. Camping and canoe access are located at the south entrance.

Winter Use: Park trails are not maintained for winter conditions and may be icy. Snowshoeing is permitted; check with the park office for trail recommendations. The north parking lot is closed during winter.

Visit the MN-DNR website for more information.

PotholeTrailMN
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

gLACIAL POTHOLES

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Explore the unique glacial potholes, walk on top of ancient lava, and walk down stairs into the Bake Oven Pothole.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

SURFACE: ASPHALT, BARE ROCK, GRAVEL, STAIRS, UNEVEN AND STEEP TERRAIN.

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .5 MILES LINEAR

NOTABLES: GLACIAL POTHOLES AND CLIFF EDGES. WATCH YOUR STEP.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

WALTER F. MONDALE RIVER TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Up and downhill trail with scenic overlooks of the St. Croix River. Watch for great blue herons, turkey vultures, and bald eagles.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

SURFACE: NATURAL AND GRAVEL SURFACE, STONE AND WOODEN STAIRS, UNEVEN TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: 1.3 MILES LINEAR

NOTABLES: OBSERVATION DECK, RIVER VISTAS. CONNECT TO THE SANDSTONE BLUFFS TRAIL BY CROSSING HWY 8 VIA TUNNEL.

MN Interstate Railroad Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY

RAILROAD TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Walk the route of the old Northern Pacific Railroad and view sandstone cliffs formed on top of the older basalt.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: EASY

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, GRAVEL, MOSTLY FLAT

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: 1.5 MILE LINEAR

NOTABLES: FOLLOWS A FORMER RAILROAD BED

Sandstone Bluff Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SANDSTONE BLUFFS TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Enjoy wildflowers, a small intermittent waterfall (Curtain Falls), sandstone bluffs, and a stunning overlook of the valley.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE & WOODEN STAIRS, STEEP TERRAIN, AND SWITCHBACKS

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: 1 MILE LOOP

NOTABLES: VISTA VIEWS OF THE ST. CROIX RIVER VALLEY, OVER 200 STAIRS. CONNECT TO THE WALTER MONDALE RIVER TRAIL BY CROSSING HWY 8 VIA TUNNEL.