William O'Brien State Park

Snapshot virtual tour

Welcome to the William O'Brien State Park virtual tour! In this journey you'll peek inside the Visitor Center, meander along the hiking trail through a savanna landscape, and check out the swimming beach at Lake Alice. We hope it prompts you to visit the park in person sometime soon.

Photo of trees and water on the Riverside Trail at William O'Brien State Park.


Riverside Trail

Take a nice jaunt along this mile and a half loop that takes you by the St. Croix River and Lake Alice. As you walk along, learn more about this floodplain area by reading the twelve interpretive signs along the way.

Photo of the William O'Brien State Park office.


Park Office

Stop at the park office for vehicle permits, camping and park information.

Photo of the interior of the gift shop at William O'Brien State Park.


Gift Shop

Inside the park office is a variety of shirts, books, and camping merchandise to help you remember your trip to William O'Brien State Park.

Photo of the exterior of William O'Brien State Park's visitor center under a bright blue sky.


Visitor Center

Restrooms, displays, and information can be found at the visitor center. Check the bulletin boards for programs and activities going on in the park.

Photo of some of the exhibits inside the visitor center display room at William O'Brien State Park.


Visitor Center Display Room

Through interactive displays, learn about the animals and landscapes that make up William O'Brien State Park.

Photo of a camper cabin at William O'Brien State Park.


Camper Cabins

William O'Brien has three year-round cabins and one seasonal cabin. Each sleeps five or six people and has a table and bench seating inside. Outside you have your fire ring and picnic table. The cabins are a great way to get away without having to pitch your own tent!

Photo of fall colors at William O'Brien State Park's Hardwood Hills Trail.


Hardwood Hills Trail

Along the edge of this trail, look for the many different kinds of ferns. Listen for the song of the Ovenbird as it goes "teacher-teacher-teacher" in the woods.

Photo of a couple resting on a bench near the Rolling Hills Trail.


Rolling Hills Trail

The savanna landscape is a mixture of prairie grasses and oak.

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