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Climb Mt. Charity at John A. Latsch State Park

1 Miles Total - 500 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Joe Whitson

This short hike on the bluffs of the Mississippi River provides unparalleled views of the river valley with the chance to bald eagles. A perfect stop along Hwy. 61, the Great River Road.

John A. Latsh State Park is directly off of Hwy. 61 a few miles north of Winona. Begin your hike at the parking lot, following the signs for the Riverview Trail. The hike itself is a short, but steep climb on a series of steps up the side of the Mt. Charity Bluff. Winding through verdant valley forest, thick with ferns and wildflowers, the stairs eventually emerge onto a bluffland prairie scattered with birch and sumac. 

A series of overlooks provide a panorama of the Mississippi River including Lock and Dam No. 5 to the south. Right at the heart of the Mississippi River Flyway/Greenway, the Mt. Charity overlook is the perfect place to catch rare migrating birds like Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and Trumpeter Swans as well as a variety of mammals like fox, coyote, and deer. Watch out of rattle snakes! 

John A. Latsch State Park is open all year round, but is best to visit in the fall to see the changing colors of the surrounding forest.  

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Great view of Eagles

Great hike, be prepared to climb stairs! I don’t recommend leg day at the gym prior to this hike....yes, I’m speaking from personal experience! 😂 Loved the view and the trail!! ❤️

Gorgeous!

Well worth the effort to get the to the top! Breathtaking views, but be prepared to be winded 😂

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