HIKING TRAILS & MAPS OF

Interstate State Park, WI

WISCONSIN INTERSTATE PARK

Interstate State Park, WI is a state park located along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. A total of 9 miles of summer trails and an additional 12.5 miles of winter trails are available to explore!

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PARK ADDRESS:

1275 State Highway 35
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
715-483-3747
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A WI State Park Pass is required for all trails. WI Residents: $28 annual/$8 daily fee. Non Residents: $38 annual/$11 daily fee. (2020 rates. Subject to change per the WI-DNR. For a full list of rates, go here.)

Visit the WI-DNR website or the FRIENDS OF WI INTERSTATE STATE PARK for more information.

Horizon Rock Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

HORIZON ROCK TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Route of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail, connects the Pothole Trail to the Ice Age Center. The trail ascends from cool damp creekbed up along a wooded bluff to high, dry Horizon Rock where prairie plants thrive. Named for it’s panoramic view of the river valley, Horizon Rock has a historic stone shelter from which to enjoy the view. Continue past the shelter to the Ice Age Center.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, UNEVEN TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .5 MILE LINEAR

NOTABLES: OBSERVATION POINT FROM SHELTER, OFFICIAL ICE AGE SEGMENT TRAIL.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

POTHOLE TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

The western terminus of the 1,200 mile National Scenic Ice Age Trail starts right at the Pothole Trail inside Interstate Park, WI. The Pothole Trail is the most geologically unique trail in the park and is just a short hike to scenic views of the Dalles of the St. Croix River gorge. Walk atop Old Man of the Dalles rock formation and past world-famous potholes formed by glacial meltwaters.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

SURFACE: GRAVEL SURFACED, STONE STAIRS, UNEVEN TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .4 MILE LINEAR

NOTABLES: OBSERVATION DECK WITH BENCH, OFFICIAL ICE AGE SEGMENT TRAIL.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

MEADOW VALLEY TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Connects Horizon Rock Trail to the Beach parking area. Steep, switchback Talus Slope Trail descends the bluff below Horizon Rock Shelter to Meadow Valley Trail. Here the trail follows an extinct riverbed of glacial meltwaters now filled with ferns, mosses, and wildflowers.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, UNEVEN TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .3 MILE LINEAR

NOTABLES: SWITCHBACK TALUS SLOPE

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SUMMIT ROCK TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

A trail to the highest point on the bluffs with spectacular views of the river gorge. At the intersection continue right through Canyon Valley to the Summit. View Old Man of the Dalles rock formation located high on the Wisconsin bluffs upriver from the Pothole Trail observation area. At the intersection past the Summit, stay left to return to the trailhead; to the right is Echo Canyon Trail.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, STEEP TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .5 MILE LOOP

NOTABLES: HIGHEST POINT ON THE BLUFFS

Old Man of the Dalles
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

ECHO CANYON TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Connects Summit Rock Trail and Lake O’ the Dalles Trails. After leaving the Summit, the trail descends into Echo Canyon, and extinct riverbed carved by glacial meltwaters. The steep, rocky talus slope of the canyon walls cools the surrounding air. The trail intersects Lake O’ the Dalles Trail on the north shore.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, STEEP TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .7 LOOP

NOTABLES: STEEP ROCKY SLOPE

River Bluff Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

RIVER BLUFF TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

The trail intersects Lake O’ the Dalles Trail on the north shore. From the lake the trail winds between canyon and pond up to the precipitous edge of the lower gorge. Near its end, the trail descends 60 feet in elevation from bluff to River Bottoms Picnic Area.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, STEEP TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .7 MILE LOOP

NOTABLES: STEEP ROCKY SLOPE

Lake o The Dalles
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

LAKE O' THE DALLES TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Wildlife viewing trail. Circles the 23 acre Lake O’ the Dalles, connects the Beach, River Bottoms, Picnic Area and Camp Interstate Shelter. Forty yards of the trail follows the park road where a bridge crosses Dalles Creek.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, UNEVEN TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: 1 MILE LOOP

NOTABLES: ACCESSIBLE FISHING PIER, BEACH HOUSE, SWIMMING BEACH

Eagle Peak Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

eAGLE PEAK TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

A trail to the highest point in the park overlooking the valley. Hike 120 feet in elevation from the Pines Group Camp up to Eagle Peak. Return from the Peak to the Group Camp or continue to the South Campground past a 1930’s CCC traprock quarry.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, UNEVEN AND STEEP TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .8 LINEAR MILE

NOTABLES: OBSERVATION POINT AND BENCH

Skyline Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY TO INTERMEDIATE

SKYLINE TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING & SNOWSHOEING

The longest trail in the park includes Skyline Nature Trail and part of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail. It connects the Pine Group Camp to the Ice Age Center and intersects Ravine Trail. The trail climbes past rock-strewn ravines to the forested rim of the valley.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: EASY TO INTERMEDIATE

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, UNEVEN TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: 1.6 LINEAR MILE

NOTABLES: LONGEST TRAIL IN PARK, OFFICIAL ICE AGE SEGMENT TRAIL.

Ravine Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

RAVINE TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: HIKING

Connects Skyline Trail to the Beach parking area. The trail descends 260 feet in elevation from the rim of the valley through ferns and old growth forest to a stone shelter built in the 1930’s.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

SURFACE: HARD PACKED DIRT, NATURAL SURFACE, STONE STAIRS, UNEVEN TERRAIN

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .5 LINEAR MILE

NOTABLES: 40 WOODEN STEPS, SHELTER BUILDING

Sliverbrook Trail
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY

SILVERBROOK TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER: MULTI-USE: HIKING, SNOWSHOEING, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING (NON GROOMED)

Wildlife viewing trail Hike through a variety of habitats to a remote area of the park rich in local history. The trail follows part of the original road from St. Croix Falls to Osceola. Pass by an abandoned copper mine to the grounds of Silverbrook Mansion and view the 18 foot Silverbrook Falls.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: EASY. ACCESSIBLE.

SURFACE:  NATURAL SURFACE, MOSTLY FLAT, MOWED GRASS

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: 1.2 LINEAR MILE

NOTABLES: ABANDONED COPPER MINE, 18 FOOT SILVERBROOK WATERFALL

PHOTO © BRAD NYGREN

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY

SKYLINE NATURE TRAIL

TRAIL USES:

SUMMER: HIKING

WINTER:  HIKING & SNOWSHOEING

The self-guided interpretive trail begins at the Ice Age Center. Interpretive labels describe the changing landscape of plant communities.

TRAIL TYPE: FOOT TRAFFIC

TRAIL LEVEL: EASY. ACCESSIBLE.

SURFACE:  NATURAL SURFACE

PASS REQUIRED: YES

LENGTH: .75 MILE LOOP

NOTABLES: INTERPRETIVE TRAIL, OFFICIAL ICE AGE SEGMENT TRAIL.

groomed ski trails & winter recreation trails

WINTER TRAILS

Interstate State Park in WI has 12.5 miles (20 km) of  winter recreation trails available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. One intermediate level trail 2.8 miles (4.5 km) is groomed for cross-country skiing only.