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Interstate State Park with Dogs of MSP

  • Interstate State Park 307 Milltown Road Taylors Falls, MN, 55084 United States (map)
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INTERSTATE STATE PARK: HIKING WITH DOGS!

Join Dogs of MSP and Hiking The North as we explore Interstate State Park and discover some of the worlds deepest potholes! Your pup will have fun exploring different trails and meet other furry friends! The Glacial St. Croix left more than a wide valley and high cliffs to impress visitors. It also drilled holes in the basalt, some of them so deep that it’s hard to see how water alone could form them.  Hiking The North will guide you through a 5 mile hike on several trails. We will start this journey at 10am and will end at 12pm! Trail is from easy to moderate. Bring water, snacks, and backpack. Dress appropriately for the weather! 

Please click below for more information about Hiking With Dogs! Here are more details of what to expect when you bring your pooch! 

ABOUT THE PARK

About 1.1 billion years ago, earthquakes erupted from Taylors Falls to Lake Superior and caused at least 10 different lava flows. The hardened basalt rock from these lava flows partly formed the Dalles of the St. Croix and the bottom of the river. From 530 million years ago up until 70 million years ago, the state was washed by advancing and retreating seas. Evidence of these ancient seas is revealed in the sedimentary rocks and formations found in the park. These rocks contain fossil remains of ancient animals, evidence of various creatures, and ripple marks left in stone by the now vanished seas.

There have been many different St. Croix Valleys through the ages. The first formed about 70 million years ago and current valley formed about 10,000 years ago. A glacier formed both Glacial Lake Duluth, now Lake Superior, and Glacial Lake Grantsburg, now extinct. Glacial Lake Duluth was much larger than modern day Lake Superior. As this giant body of ice thawed, its meltwaters roared south to carve out the broad valley of the St. Croix. Only very resistant basalts were able to partially withstand the torrent, resulted in the dalles, potholes, and cliffs we see today.

TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS 

Glacial Potholes Area 0.5 miles one-way (or 8 city blocks) Asphalt • Bare rock • Gravel • Short stairs Explore the unique glacial potholes, walk on top of ancient lava, and walk down stairs into the Bake Oven Pothole. How many of the potholes can you fine?

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River Trail 1.25 miles one-way (or 21 city blocks) Bare rock • Gravel • Short stairs • Up and downhill trail Visit scenic overlooks of the St. Croix River and watch for great blue herons, turkey vultures and bald eagles.

Railroad Trail 1.5 miles one-way (or 25 city blocks) Gravel • Some stairs • Eastern mile is at Walk the route of the old Northern Pacic Railroad and view sandstone cliffs formed on top of the older basalt.

Sandstone Bluffs Trail 1 mile loop (or 17 city blocks) Packed dirt • Over 200 stairs • Steep • Switchbacks Enjoy spring wildflowers, a small intermittent waterfall, and a stunning overlook of the valley.

WHAT TO BRING (THE ESSENTIALS)

  • Comfortable, broken-in hiking boots or shoes
  • Backpack
  • Water (At least one liter per person)
  • Snacks (trail-mix and Isagenix Bars are always a good choice)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • 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 the park is not included. We will help facilitate carpools for you after you register. 

Getting There

307 Milltown Road
Taylors Falls, MN 55084

From the South: Take I-35 north. Take the Taylors Falls Exit, Hwy 8 East. Follow 8 approximately 22 miles. The entrance to the park office is located on the right hand side of the road 1 mile before downtown Taylors Falls.

From the North: Take I-35 south. Take the North Branch Exit, Hwy 95 East. Drive approximately 22 miles, passing through downtown Taylors Falls. At the stoplight, turn right, heading 95 South for approximately 1 mile. Turn left to the park office.

From the East: Take Hwy 8 west into Minnesota. After crossing the St Croix River, continue traveling on Hwy 8/95 South through the first stoplight. After approximately 1 mile turn left to the park office.

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

This event is free! There is a $7 dollar fee for all day access to the park. If you have a REGIONAL COUNTY PARK pass it won't work for STATE PARKS. Please contact Hiking The North Team at 612-281-4839 if you have any questions! 

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