Picturesque limestone bluffs and deep ravines make Whitewater a very popular southeastern state park. The 2,700 acre park is an angler's paradise with brown, brook, and rainbow trout swimming in the spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek. Visitors enjoy a sandy swimming beach, a year-round visitor center, easy-to-challenging hiking trails, camping, a group camp, and a modern group center. Come in the winter to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and stay at the group center in rustic, winterized cabins. All through the year, discover the natural and human history of the area at one of the many interpretive programs, visitor center exhibits or self-guided trails.

This is my favorite hiking trail in Minnesota. It's consistent incline and keeps the heart rate up. I love it! In the winter make sure to wear snow shoes or spikes as it was very dangerously slippery last year.

It was a long and little hard trail. We didn’t have any snacks to help with the hike. We got very hungry.

Great trails! Many cliff overlooks, a few areas of steep bluff trails, and a lot of beautiful nature. I went a few days after heavy rain and only found a couple of small muddy areas. Met only 3 other people while on the trail, extremely quiet and peaceful! Would not recommend small children, some areas of trails are narrow at some areas of bluffs.

Good trail. Nice variety.

One of the best in the area.

Great rolling hills

5 months ago

We did the Coyote Point Section of the trail. Beautiful trail with some steep sections. Overall not too bad and 40 minutes for one way.

6 months ago

Trail is maintained well, episodic nice views of the river. A bit muddy in places, only because hiking .after several days of rain.

It was a hot and muggy day at Whitewater State Park, but my sister and I really enjoyed our first visit here! Hiked the Chimney Rock Trail to Inspiration Point, and then we did the Trout Run Creek Trail. The one by the creek was especially nice because of a refreshing breeze coming off the water. Terrain on Chimney Rock to Inspiration Point was definitely more than “moderate”!

loved this hike - for those looking for some moderate elevation gain. this one is challenging in places - there is some fairly steep grades and exposure. wear good boots. i had trek poles which helped as well. we did this hike in reverse. the stairs along the main road entry point is the standard entry. you can enter it in reverse as well. whitewater state park is a treasure unbeknownst to many native minnesotans. make a day trip! such incredible panoramas.

Fun trail. Not too difficult, but there are sections that are tricky. One of the better in the area

Very beautiful! a hidden treasure of a park in the middle of farmland. I would consider some of these trails as HARD due to how steep sections are, definitely had to crawl with all fours because it was that rocky and steep. Got pretty winded too.

Love this place for hiking. Unfortunately, people don't realize how beautiful their parks are, or never visit them.

On the hiking club trails, I would say this is a HARD trail, the elevation changes are steep. It’s a great great hike and a ton of fun but not sure I would say moderate. Still an all out beautiful and fun day even in the middle of November!

Great trail if you're looking for a good workout. Steep and rocky, but beautiful.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Great park. Excellent sights and scenery. Very worth the trip.

Great trails with amazing views. trails were clean.

Coyote Point was a great hike with SPECTACULAR views!!

trail running
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Used to live along the Appalachian mountains, jogging here makes me feel like there's some elevation still in the Minnesota area. Some technical sections, but overall can get some nice hill repeats in. Beautiful views.

It was a great experience! My dad and I walked every trail with my dog in only a few days! When we were there mid July and the mosquitoes were very mild. If you love going off trail on more of a rugged terrain, this is for you. Many cliffs to look over, and beautiful tree line landscape. I also highly recommend seeing the Elba Fire Tower! A lot of stairs but the view is worth it!

Very impressed! Fun and technical for this newby trail runner. Lots of spectacular views.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beautiful moderate hike. Great one to bring the dog with for. From the Gift shop go up many steep stairs, but... once you get to the top it's totally worth the view and gets much easier.

The best hike I've done thus far! Loved every peak, loved the lack of mosquitos, loved everything!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Great place to camp. No mosquitos due to the bats that live in the bluffs. Make reservations early to get a good spot.

Great place to camp and hike, call in advance for camping spot!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Like the trails, like the hike and scenery. Just beautiful.

You can find all classes of trails here, and the views are great. ,wz warning about the Elba Fire Tower hike is that if you get from the parking area to the tower top you have climbed over 500 feet so if you do it in 10 minutes you have good legs! It is still worth it if taken more slowly! I would allow an hour round trip.
If you want to use the app to record, be sure you download maps as cell service is bad except on ridgetop.In the valleys you may miss spots as even gps satellite coverage may have gaps depending on weather and phone and state of foliage.

mountain biking
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This is a beautiful park. Bike it, hike it, drive it and just plain relax. It has been about 5 years but I still remember how much I loved this place. Actually spent about three days here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We went to hike and found a fun trail with plenty of trails. we could not start alltrail recorder because park is in valley with no cell towers but it is worth going to even though you can't record it.

One of the best MN state parks i've been to! Lots of great trails with lots of elevation change around the park and great places to picnic. Some areas of the trails may be slippery after a good rain or the spring thaw. Beware, there a few timber rattlesnakes in the park.

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