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“Incredible views of the river valley” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Great River Bluffs State Park

Great River Bluffs State Park
43605 Kipp Dr., Winona, MN 55987-9427
507-643-6849
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Winona
Type: Geologic Formations, State Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: Overlooking the Mississippi River, this park offers scenic views.
Lino Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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“Incredible views of the river valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Well maintained hiking trails even with a daughter on crutches! Spectacular views. Beautiful flowers. Nice picnic areas. We found a baby fawn while hiking!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Well marked trails great for hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Beautiful scenery. A little difficult to find. No big sign from the main road, just a small one stating "State Park." The trail were in wonderful condition and very well marked. Great views of the Mississippi from several overlooks. Best outdoor latrines I have ever been in, clean and odor free when we were there.

Visited May 2014
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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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“Mighty Views abound here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is one of those parks that I plan on visiting every year. I visited this last August for the first time and was impressed by the nice hills and spectacular scenery. The picture included is taken from Queens bluff, it is the one with trails on it. From that vantage you can see kings bluff in all it's pristine glory sans trails and benches. From these bluffs you are around 450 feet above the mississippi with comanding views of the river valley. Across the river from this park is the Wisconsin version of this park called Perot. When I came here I went there afterwards. Another nice park. Five dollars to get in or free with your state park sticker. Well worth the trip for some amazing hiking.

Visited August 2013
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minneapolis
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“Beautiful fall colors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This park was a beautiful surprise along our fall drive. The hikes to the overlook points are easy and go through woods that were incredibly beautiful in fall colors. There is a basic welcome center at the entrance with self pay permits, no personnel. It isn't complicated to get around this park, and the experience you get is just wonderful. The campgrounds were great and pretty busy too. The scenic overlook points are good, but the best part is just walking through the woods.

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, IL
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“Easy hikes for some great scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the epitome of Bluff Country. And, if you are looking for a not-too-strenuous hike to see it, this is the place to go. If you go, know that there is a self-pay station for permits for day and camp use, and maps at this station. Although there is a maintenance office, there was no personnel onsite to answers questions or give advice. That's okay because the maps are good and you can take a copy with you, and the payment envelope and sticker for your car is self-explanatory.

There are 6.5 miles of hiking trails to take, most of which end with a view of the Mississippi River. I would recommend starting with the King's Bluff Trail. The head for this trail is the first you will encounter off to the left as you enter the park after the self-pay station.There is a small parking area at the trail head. The trail is 1.25 miles one way and is an easy walk with a few steep inclines. When you get to the top of King's Bluff you will have a breathtaking view. On one side of the bluff you will have a prairie of wild flowers and monarch butterflies with more bluffs in the distance. On the other side is the Mississippi River Valley and Queen's Bluff, which is currently closed to hiker's.

You will hear lots of song birds and will see hawks soaring overhead. I also should mention that Timber Rattlesnakes, which are poisonous, live in the park, as do many other forms of wildlife. While not numerous, a snake advisory is posted at the trail head. We encountered none on the day we were there.

The park was beautiful on a hot August summer day. In fall, I can only imagine the tree colors popping! The park is open through all seasons and offers marked and groomed cross country ski trails. No snowmobiling is allowed.

Visited August 2013
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