Saint Croix River Trail

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Interstate State Park

Saint Croix River Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Taylors Falls, Minnesota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 259 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

hiking
rocky
4 hours ago

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Nice trail but pretty busy so I would recommend coming early to avoid the crowds.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun hike with nice views of the river. We went on a weekday before noon so there was barely anyone on the trail and parking was easy. I'm sure on the weekends it gets a lot busier. You definitely hear the road noise on this trail so that takes away from the tranquility, but I still really enjoyed hiking here and would do this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

hiked part of the river trail on March 17th 2020 from the west parking lot right off the highway and it was great, tiny bit of mud and snow. the lookout of the river was great. next time will do the whole loop

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

It was a nice trail but it’s very close to the road and that brings it down. Plus it’s the most popular trail from the parking area so you will see other people quite a bit.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Other reviews have posted about hearing the highway the whole time- NOT TRUE! It’s beautiful, serene and an all around great hike! Love it!

hiking
6 months ago

Early November, great time to be there. Very few people, no leafs on the trees. Great hiking trails. The only downside is that it was close to a busy road. Lots of noise from the passing traffic.

hiking
6 months ago

Very pretty trail with great views of the St.Croix, unfortunately right next to the freeway so you can hear the cars the whole time. Also very popular even in November, so if you’re looking to get away in nature, this isn’t the place.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun and scenic trail along the River. Unfortunately you are pretty close to the highway so rather noisy. Fall colors are emerging.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. Lots of mild rock climbing. The only downside was that You could hear the highway the entire hike

hiking
9 months ago

Busy and active area, but beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty busy trail and lots of road noise. Fantastic views. I’d do it again but on a less busy weekday.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice with scenic view, be prepared for lots of mosquitos.

hiking
Sun May 26 2019

extremely busy single file lines on trails

hiking
muddy
Sat May 25 2019

Not At all relaxing. Trail follows busy road the entire time. Throngs of people who haven’t seen the other side of concrete in a long time. Trail is easy, if a bit muddy currently. Giant groups, purse dogs with bows, and a general circus. The only thing missing was the selfie sticks. This park is too accessible to the masses. Never again.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

Really beautiful views at certain points of the trail. Some steep inclines so decent shoes are recommended.

Wed Feb 27 2019

Very beautiful. It's something the whole family can enjoy.

hiking
Sun Oct 14 2018

Somewhat rocky and uneven ground. Beautiful scenery along the river!

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Agree with the other posters that I wouldn’t classify it as easy. A decent amount of steep inclines and steps. Beautiful though.

Sat Sep 22 2018

Great hike, but I wouldn’t rate it as Easy. It should be rated Moderate. Follow signs for “Hiking Club”, otherwise Trail is not always well marked. Can get to some beautiful river views from the trail. Will definitely go back!

hiking
Fri Aug 10 2018

Sun Aug 05 2018

First part is very pretty

hiking
Fri Mar 02 2018

Incredible hike but I wouldn't classify it as easy, definitely more in the moderate range. Lots of hills and climbs, very rocky paths. Our kids had no issues and we all enjoyed it, but it was definitely an adventure. Amazing scenery and nature.

hiking
Tue Aug 22 2017

hiking
Wed Jul 19 2017

Great trail with varying terrain. Brought dogs and there was a nice spot off trail to let them swim and cool down.

Sat Feb 25 2017

Beautiful

hiking
Mon Aug 01 2016

It was a great hike, but I'm not sure I would define this as an "easy" hike. Maybe for those who hike on a daily basis. The terrain was relatively easy, but there was a LOT of up and down - so be prepared for that! I loved the trail though - went at dawn and aside from the mosquitoes (be sure to bring plenty of bug spray), it was incredibly beautiful and peaceful. My dog and I (on leash) had the trails to ourselves, and it was a beautiful morning - got lots of great pics!

hiking
Sun May 08 2016

gorgeous cliffs, trees, sandstone bluffs, waterfall, tree arch-lined walkways, amazingness.

Sat Nov 21 2015

the sandstone bluff trail has great views of the st Croix river. it also has a seasonal waterfall and some old railroad bridge piers.

cross country skiing
Sun Sep 13 2015

Very scenic! Tyson, Kraig, and I kicked ass! Lexi, Zack, and jess couldn't keep up!

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