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.
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.
Stop at the park office for vehicle permits, camping and park information.
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.
Restrooms, displays, and information can be found at the visitor center. Check the bulletin boards for programs and activities going on in the park.
Visitor Center Display Room
Through interactive displays, learn about the animals and landscapes that make up William O'Brien State Park.
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!
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.
Rolling Hills Trail
The savanna landscape is a mixture of prairie grasses and oak.