Trip Planner:   USA  /  Minnesota  /  Luverne  /  Blue Mounds State Park

Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne

4.4
#1 of 6 in Things to do in Luverne
State Park · Nature / Park
Create an itinerary including Blue Mounds State Park
Blue Mounds State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, in Rock County near the town of Luverne. It protects an American bison herd which grazes on one of the state's largest prairie remnants.

The state park is named after a linear escarpment of Precambrian Sioux Quartzite bedrock which, although pink in color, is said to have appeared blueish in the distance to early settlers. Parts of the cliff are up to 100 feet (30 m) high. Unusual in the surrounding prairie landscape, they are a popular site for rock climbing.

The park also preserves a 1,250-foot-long (380 m) line of rocks aligned by Plains Indians which marks where the sun rises and sets on the spring and fall equinoxes. It also has a small reservoir for swimming, the only lake in Rock County. The park's interpretive center was once the home of the author Frederick Manfred.

Four structures and one building in the park, built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
To visit Blue Mounds State Park and get the most from your holiday in Luverne, create itinerary details personal to you using our Luverne visit planning tool.
Source
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Blue Mounds State Park reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
117 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • We started the Hiking Club with this park on March 17, 2022. It's a beautiful park. The bison were right by the park office. The trail is very open and the views are amazing. Saw pheasant, grouse... 
    We started the Hiking Club with this park on March 17, 2022. It's a beautiful park. The bison were right by the park office. The trail is very open and the views are amazing. Saw pheasant, grouse...  more »
  • Impressive state park. The huge quartz rocks inside the Bur Oak Forest and the huge quartz quarry were awesome sights. I highly welcome the Bur Oak hiking trail; where you can see both sights. 
    Impressive state park. The huge quartz rocks inside the Bur Oak Forest and the huge quartz quarry were awesome sights. I highly welcome the Bur Oak hiking trail; where you can see both sights.  more »
Google
  • I did not see any buffalo but maybe next time
  • Stayed for a long weekend. Campground was clean and well maintained. Electric and non-electric sites only. You'll need to use your own water tank or bathhouse. Lots of trails for hiking or biking. Dogs loved the hiking.

Plan your trip to Luverne

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.