Interstate State Park
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.
Park trails are not maintained in the winter and are currently snow and ice covered. Nearby William O'Brien and Wild River state parks offer excellent winter recreation opportunities. Water and restrooms at the park have been shut down until spring. The visitor center parking lot is closed.
A small lot by the park office is plowed. The park office hours vary. Please call ahead to check that staff are available by calling 651-465-5711.The Hwy 8 underpass that leads from the park office to the Sandstone Bluffs/Railroad Trail is closed due to ice. Please access these trails from the trailhead at the Taylors Falls Community Center on Government Street.
Camping is closed for the season April 1, 2015.
All campsites may be reserved one year in advance. We encourage you to reserve your site so your location is guaranteed. Rustic camping will be available from April 1 to April 23, 2015 and regular camping will be open April 24 to October 18, 2015.(Updated February 26, 2015)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
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.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card
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: Hours will vary, please call 651-465-5711 for exact hours. If no one is available, please leave a message.
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.