Explore Frontenac State Park in the Fall

Frontenac State Park - Search Nearby - Added by Sophie Justinak

Easy-going camping, spectacular views of Lake Pepin (Mississippi River), 14.2 miles of prairie, forest, shoreline, and bluff landscapes to hike in.Known for bird-watching and hosting some of the last Minnesota fall colors (into mid-late October).

Start from the Point-No-Point parking lot which can be found following the main road from the State Park entrance/DNR Office. Point-No-Point offers the best views over Lake Pepin. Follow the self-guided interpretive trail, which is less than a 1 mile loop for more panoramic views of the lake, fall colors, and eagles.

From the parking lot follow the Upper Bluff trail through the colorful woods towards the campsites. The general campsites will be on your left through the trees in 0.9 miles. Keep on the trail to reach the In Yan Teopa Rock arch in an additional 0.2 miles. Then the trail will start descending to the lower bluff trail. The descent is narrow and slippery in wet conditions.

There are multiple access points to the river's beach from the Lower Bluff trail. Lower Bluff runs for over a mile through forest before meeting up with the self-guided interpretive trail and climbing back to Point-No-Point. The bluff loop is 2.5 miles overall.

Distance

2.5 Miles RT

Type

Loop

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Running, Skiing, Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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