Where to go: Final Report: Although most colorful leaves have lost connection with their tree by now, you may be able to see a few from the River Trail and Glacial Potholes Trails.
What you'll see: A couple maples are clinging to their last remaining leaves, whether they be yellow or brown. The ground is layered with a menagerie of browns and dark yellows like an overripe banana. Surprisingly, a few patches of red still remain on the sumac plants!
Also of interest: Flocks of Dark-eyed Juncos can still be seen foraging on the park grounds, as well as several chickadees caching their food for the winter. Also, the black walnut trees had a wonderful crop this year, as you can see countless round walnuts that have fallen to the forest floor. The squirrels seem to be happy about it, and are quickly shredding this fruit up to get to the tasty nut inside! Coming up on October 18th and 19th are Family Fun Days! There are tons of things to see and do, as well as special activities for families with free time. On each day from 12-4pm, embark on a fall scavenger hunt, make your own acorn top, discover how animals prepare for winter, or take a hike on the park's beautiful trails.Last updated: October 12, 2012
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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307 Milltown Road
From the South: Take I-35 north. Take the Taylors Falls Exit, Hwy 8 East. Follow 8 approximately 22 miles. The entrance to the park office is located on the right hand side of the road 1 mile before downtown Taylors Falls.
From the North: Take I-35 south. Take the North Branch Exit, Hwy 95 East. Drive approximately 22 miles, passing through downtown Taylors Falls. At the stoplight, turn right, heading 95 South for approximately 1 mile. Turn left to the park office.
From the East: Take Hwy 8 west into Minnesota. After crossing the St Croix River, continue traveling on Hwy 8/95 South through the first stoplight. After approximately 1 mile turn left to the park office.
Best time to contact the park:
Spring, Summer & Fall: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter: Hours will vary. If no one is available, please leave a message.