Rochester, Minnesota

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  • Saint Charles, Minnesota

    Camp at Whitewater State Park

    Whitewater State Park is at the cusp of bluff country, straddling the Whitewater River, a small tributary of the Mississippi. Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit. In Spring you'll hit wildflower season when the forest glades in the depths of the valley folds are literally carpeted with ...
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  • Minnesota City, Minnesota

    Climb Mt. Charity at John A. Latsch State Park

    5.0
    1 mi / 500 ft gain
    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 f...
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  • Stockholm, Wisconsin

    Hike to the Top of Maiden Rock Bluff

    5.0
    1 mi / 400 ft gain
    It's easy to spot Maiden Rock Bluff as you drive along Highway 35: the 400-foot-tall limestone cliff extends for nearly a mile. Getting to the top is also easy. Begin by turning onto County Road E - a twisting, narrow road that leads straight up. Once you're at the top, keep an eye out for Long L...
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  • Red Wing, Minnesota

    Hike Barn Bluff

    3.0
    2.05 mi / 340 ft gain
    Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minn., is an enjoyable and easily-accessible hike. Even at a slow pace, it takes just 30-45 minutes to reach the peak.There is ample parking on 5th Street near the Barn Bluff sign. Take the stairs to the trail head. From there, you'll have a few trail options:1) South Trai...
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  • Fountain City, Wisconsin

    Explore the Mississippi River at Fountain City

    Just off Highway 35, on the south side of Fountain City, you will find an easy access boat landing with ample parking and suitable ramps to launch your kayak, canoe or motor boat. Coming from central Wisconsin, we drove 95 that runs the ridges of the driftless region and offers beautiful views of...
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  • Nerstrand, Minnesota

    Hike Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

    3.3
    11 mi
    Curious about what Minnesota looked like in pre-settlement times?Then spend the day hiking through Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park, a botanical reserve for the temperate hardwood forest that once covered much of central Minnesota. Located 45 miles south of Minneapolis, the park offers the opportun...
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  • Welch, Minnesota

    Paddle the Cannon River

    5.0
    If you want a quiet, secluded paddle, this may not be the adventure for you. The Cannon River is a very popular destination in the summer months for groups of canoers, kayakers and tubers. Drinking on the river is not discouraged.Book a reservation with Welch Mill. They provide shuttle service, l...
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  • Welch, Minnesota

    Bike the Cannon Valley Trail

    4.0
    19.7 mi / -115 ft gain
    There are multiple entry points to the Cannon Valley Trail along the 19.7 miles of paved path that connect the towns of Cannon Falls and Red Wing. Because the trail requires a $4 daily pass, pick your entry point next to a Wheel Pass station. The most elaborate entry point is via the town of Welc...
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  • Winona, Minnesota

    Hike up to Garvin Heights Overlook

    1 mi
    Park on Huff Street on the bridge that divides Lake Winona (we parked in the lot by the Visitor Center).  Walk on Huff St. towards the highway (14/61) and turn left on W. Lake Boulevard (be careful here, it’s a busy road).  Continue on Lake Blvd. past Cty Rd. 44 .  Before the first house on Lake ...
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  • Faribault, Minnesota

    Straight River Trail and Alexander Park Trail

    0.67 mi / 20 ft gain
    Straight River Trail and Alexander Park Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Faribault, Minnesota.
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  • Trempealeau, Wisconsin

    Canoe the Voyageurs Loop, Perrot State Park

    Perrot State Park, located in Wisconsin's Driftless Region, is home to many tall bluffs, including Brady's Bluff and Trempealeau Mountain. Many elevated hikes give you a wonderful view of the Mississippi River and its surrounding bluffs, but the real treasure is seeing this area from the water by...
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