Where to go: Take the trail leading from the south end of the picnic grounds and follow the blue Hiking Club Trail signs. As you walk along the valley edge at the boundary of a large reconstructed native prairie, keep an eye out for blooming wildflowers below and hawks and eagles soaring above. Continue on to the knoll overlook point for sweeping views of the Minnesota and Yellow Medicine River Valleys.
What you'll see: What you'll see: Ash, cottonwood, and aspen trees have all begun to show their fall colors this week. You can expect to see varying shades of yellows and golds set against a backdrop of dark green oak leaves. You're also likely to spot sumac among the knolls and hillsides displaying it's characteristic deep crimson color. We're reaching the end of the bloom season for a majority of our wildflowers, but there are still many goldenrods and a few asters that are putting on an impressive show. The prairie grasses have now fully matured, and are putting on a nice display of subtle oranges, yellows, reds, and golds. Hawks, eagles, and turkey vultures continue to be spotted frequently in the park along the valley ridges.
Also of interest: The Visitor Center is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8:00am until 4:30pm.Last updated: September 17, 2014
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5908 Highway 67
From the town of Granite Falls at the intersection of State Hwy 212 and 23, go south on St. Hwy 23, about one block to State Hwy 67. Turn left on 67 and go eight miles to park entrances. The first of the park's three entrances will take you to the horse rider campground. The second entrance takes you to the main park entrance. The last entrance takes you to the campground.
Best time to contact the park:
Memorial Day through Labor Day: Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Labor Day through Memorial Day: Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Office hours will vary; please leave a message if you are unable to reach a staff member.
Questions can also be referred to the Lac qui Parle State Park office at 320-734-4450