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FRONTENAC

ADRESS TO THE STATE PARK:

29223 County 28 Boulevard
Frontenac, MN 55026

HOW TO GET THERE:

Frontenac State Park is located approximately 10 miles SE of Red Wing on Highway 61 or 5 miles northwest of Lake City, then 1 mile north on County Road 2.

FRONTENAC 

Join us as we explore Frontenac State Park in Frontenac Minnesota! Hiking The North will take you through a guided hike on the state park trails. Park has full-range of trails from easy to moderate to challenging. Trails will take you through forested areas, along the bluff edge, through wooded ravines, across old fields and restored prairies, and through wetland riverine forests...a variety of landscapes. Wildflowers in spring as well as prairie flowers can be seen along the trails. This journey will start at 10am and it will end at 12pm. Please be on time. Trail is from easy, moderate, and challenging. Bring water, lunch/snacks, and backpack. Dress appropriately for the weather. Below are some guidelines in what to bring with you on your day trip!

ABOUT THE PARK

Archeological excavations at Frontenac in 1976 uncovered artifacts from the Hopewellian culture dating from 400 B.C. to 300 A.D. Some sites were burial grounds; others indicated that these people lived here. Research also shows that the Dakota and Fox Indians hunted and fished on the shores of Lake Pepin. Later, the famous French missionary, Father Louis Hennepin, led the first European exploration to this area of the Mississippi River in 1680. In June 1727, an expedition left Montreal to set up a post in this area to launch further exploration westward in search of a route to the Pacific Ocean. It is believed that this post was located on Sand Point, although no evidence remains today.

WILDLIFE

Since the turn of the century, Frontenac has had a reputation for great birdwatching. Some 260 species of birds make the park their home for part or all of the year, while others just stop by on their way up or down the Mississippi River flyway. Bald eagles are commonly seen in the fall, winter and spring. A few eagles even nest in the area. Several species of warblers visit every year, particularly the first part of May. Frontenac has numerous other wildlife including deer, raccoon, opossum, red fox, coyote, woodchuck, various ground squirrels, beaver and wild turkey. 

YOUR PETS

Please make sure that you keep your fur baby on 6-foot leash. Hiking The North practices Leave No Trace so please pick up after your pet (make sure you have waste bags), attend to your pet all times, and the fur babies are not allowed inside the buildings. Please only allow 1 fur baby per person, safety of other pets and other hikers on the trail. 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable, broken-in hiking boots or tennis shoes
  • Backpack
  • Water (We use camel backs)
  • Healthy Snacks (trail-mix, protein shake, and or protein bars)
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hat
  • Any First Aid items that is required for your well-being (personal medications, epi-pens).  Please be sure to communicate any medical issues in a private conversation with the guides.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE WITH THE HIKE  

  • CPR Certified HTN Leader
  • Fun community and building new friendships! 

NOT INCLUDED WITH YOUR HIKE

  • Transportation to Frontenac is not included. We will help facilitate carpools for you after you register. 
  • Day Pass of $7 dollars to the State Park. You can purchase your day pass at the main entrance of the park. 

Please contact team@hikingthenorth.net if you have any questions! 

RESOURCES FROM: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/

THIS EVENT IS FREE!

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