Where to go: Yellows, oranges, and reds are spreading across the greens of the valley. Experience stunning views of changing color from overlooks along the park's River Trail or from the top of the Sandstone Bluffs Trail.
What you'll see: Hues of orange, red, and yellow are spreading across the St. Croix Valley. This week, look for busy chipmunks gathering acorns.
Also of interest: Join us for a scavenger hunt, pothole tour, or fall colors hike this weekend. Learn more by visiting the park's event webpage.
As the trees change colors, the already busy parking lot at the visitor center becomes even busier. On weekend days, this lot often fills to capacity before noon. We recommend parking at the more spacious lot at the park's campground entrance and walking the 1.25 mile River Trail to access the glacial pothole area.Last updated: October 1, 2014
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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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.
Best time to contact the park:
Spring, Summer & Fall: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter: Typically weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but hours will vary. If no one is available, please leave a message.