Top Adventures in Marine on Saint Croix

  • Hike the Riverside Trail in William O'Brien SP

    From the Visitor Center Parking lot follow the Riverside Trail along the side of the lot and down the main road. You will go under the bridge and while walking next to the road you can see great views of Lake Alice. When you reach the bottom of th...

    2.6 miles

  • Camp at William O'Brien State Park

    Roughly an hour north of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro, is William O’Brien State Park. Located on the Saint Croix River, this park is a great place for just getting away from the city lights and into nature. The park has two campgrounds, w...

  • Explore Cascade Falls

    Cascade Falls is a must-stop if you are passing through Osceola, Wisconsin. The falls can be accessed on Cascade Street (Highway 35) near 1st Avenue in downtown Osceola. You will see a sign for the Falls at the deck by Chief Osceola. Continue down...

  • Hike the Osceola Bedrock Glades Loop

    Just a short hike to the waterfall, this is a great spot to pull off on your way to the Park with many other trails to spend a whole day on if you wish to stay off the beaten path.  Getting there:  Going North through Osceola on HWY 35 Turn left o...

    2.2 miles 59 ft gain

  • Hike to Willow Falls

    This trip through Willow River State Park shows off beautiful views of Little Falls Lake and Willow River on your way to the falls. In the spring, wildflowers won't disappoint. An overall scenic and rewarding hike.

    3 miles

  • Explore Interstate State Park

    Situated on top of a series of craggy bluffs, Interstate State Park is a small park that offers amazing views of the St. Croix River gorge. With a pine forest ecosystem usually only found a hundred miles north of the park, the lichen encrusted roc...

    3 miles

  • Bike the Rice Creek North Regional Trail

    The Rice Creek North Regional Trail is 13.8 miles in total, but can be broken up into two different sections (connected by a 3.4 mile bike on county roads). The main trailhead is at 35W and County Road I. You will find the parking lot just after e...

    13.8 miles

  • Hike in Wild River State Park

    Wild River State Park, located about 55 miles northeast of Minneapolis, is a fantastic getaway and caters to a wide-variety of visitors. If you have an afternoon and are looking for an easy hike through a variety of natural environments, take The ...

  • Hike the Afton State Park Trail

    This diverse, 2,702-acre park has trails for both day hikers and backpackers – some with scenic views of the St. Croix River, others which drop into quiet ravines. For the best views of the valley, explore off-trail, where you may find hidden bluf...

    3.5 miles 740 ft gain

  • Run Along the Mississippi River Flats

    This loop takes you from the Franklin Bridge to the Washington Avenue Bridge, crossing through campus, in between. Start at the Franklin Bridge (southeast end), walk down the stairs, and then take the elevated walkaway across the river, heading no...

    2.5 miles

  • Hike to Shadow Falls

    This easy and accessible hike takes you to a nice little waterfall within a ravine. From the parking lot, walk over to the River Overlook, then continue along the trail to the falls. The trail will drop you down to the base of the falls, where you...

    0.4 miles

  • Hike the Winchell Trail

    This 5 mile roundtrip trail meanders along the Mississippi River bluffs on the west bank and is separate from the paved bike trail. The trail runs from 44th St. to Franklin Ave. Along the trail you will pass through an oak savanna restoration proj...

    5 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Somerset, Wisconsin

      Camp Coulee

      Close to St. Croix & Kinnikinnic Rivers. Vineyard/winery and hobby farm on-site. Deer, turkey and other wildlife sightings. Pollinator habitat with bee yard. Great view of the stars. Very short...

      From $300/night

    • New Richmond, Wisconsin

      Private Attic Suite

      The rescue animals that make the sanctuary so special are, of course, a bonus. Guests have an endless amount of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outside setting as well as the community. Ther...

      From $139/night

    • Saint Paul, Minnesota

      Trade River Retreat Center

      Tranquil, quiet and exceedingly private getaway right on the banks of a protected river, only 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities! Even the beautiful drive there is relaxing. Enter a world of peace and ...

      From $140/night

    • Spring Valley, Wisconsin

      Highland Ridge

      Overview Highland Ridge overlooks the sparkling Eau Galle Reservoir located in Spring Valley, in western Wisconsin. The area boasts 648 acres of scenery with numerous opportunities for recreation, ...

    • Spring Valley, Wisconsin

      Main Day Use

      Overview Main Day Use Are at Eau Galle Lake offers many family-friendly outdoor activities including fishing, boating and hiking, in the lush Wisconsin woodlands. Recreation In summer, the lake is...

    • Maple Grove, Minnesota

      Minneapolis Northwest Koa

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