There is so much to do at Interstate State Park, located on the beautiful St. Croix River. Visitors can climb the cliffs of the St. Croix River Dalles, canoe the flat-water, watch kayakers rush through the rapids, or relax on an excursion boat. Spring brings a great diversity of wildflowers and in fall, the St. Croix River Valley forest is ablaze in the autumn colors of red, gold, and orange. The geology that formed this park intrigues visitors, and brings geologists from all over the world. At least 10 different lava flows are exposed in the park, along with two distinct glacial deposits, and traces of old streams valleys and faults. During the summer, hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes that make this park unique.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Parking, vault toilets and a self-pay permit station are available near the park office. The visitor center building and glacial pothole parking lot are closed for the season. Be aware that after a snow event, it may take a day or more for the road into the park office to be plowed.
Trails are partially ice-covered throughout, use caution. The tunnel underpass that connects the River Trail to the Sandstone Bluffs and Railroad trails is filled with ice and not passable, plan your route accordingly.
Camping will be available again starting March 31, 2017. Check nearby William O'Brien or Wild River state parks for camping opportunities this winter.
(Updated Feb. 21, 2017)
Learn about the geologic formations of the area and the world-famous glacial potholes here: Geology of Interstate State Park
The Wildflower Checklist is a multi-seasonal guide to the native and non-native flower species found within the park.
Online / Downloadable Walking Tours
Download this tour in MP4 format (26 MB) to use on your own mobile device.
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Interstate State Park.
Bird Checklist at Interstate State Park
Best time to contact the park:
Spring, Summer & Fall: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter: Park office is closed for the season.
PO Box 254
307 Milltown Road
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
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.