Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls

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Interstate Park comprises two adjacent state parks on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, both named Interstate State Park. They straddle the Dalles of the St. Croix River, a deep basalt gorge with glacial potholes and other rock formations. The Wisconsin park is 1330acre and the Minnesota park is 298acre. The towns of Taylors Falls, Minnesota and St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin are adjacent to the park. Interstate Park is within the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. The western terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is on the Wisconsin side. On the Minnesota side, two areas contain National Park Service rustic style buildings and structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1.1 billion years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions from the Midcontinent Rift System sent at least ten separate lava flows across the region that now includes Interstate Park. These flows hardened into basalt, which fractured at several joints. In the Cambrian period, between 530 and 470 million years ago, the region was covered by a shallow sea which deposited sandstone and siltstone atop the basalt. This epoch of the Cambrian, the Furongian, was originally called the Croixian in North America because the layers exposed in this area were its type locality.
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  • Great trails for hiking. Be careful near edges of rock, especially with children! Loved the fall colors!  more »
  • This was a nice park to meet family and relax. The colors were just changing the first weekend in October. The trails were very scenic and not too long for the hesitant hikers. It was fun exploring th...  more »
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  • Like no place on Earth. I've loved it here for 40 years and will go for 40 more. Weekdays are quieter obviously. Nice place.
  • Excellent easy hiking that comes right out of the town of Taylor's Falls. Bring $7 for parking or park in the little town and walk under the bridge. There are no actual falls but there are rapids. This is a surprisingly storied town with very interesting geography. Very well worth the visit if you're in the twin cities. Bring a camera you'll want pictures to take home.

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