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Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

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Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

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gljohnson2 wrote a review Jun 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota23 contributions16 helpful votes
Our family of five took a rather impromptu trip to Quarry Park. Having been to the St. Cloud area on multiple occasions, the park was previously unknown to me until a friend recommended checking it out. As has been noted by others, a daylong parking permit is $5 -- well worth it in my opinion. The pictures showcased on this website do not do the scenery justice in my opinion. I'm still trying to figure out how all of the water got into the various quarries in the park, but it is nearly crystal clear and clean. You are able to swim in two of the quarries. My family ventured to Quarry 11 since it has a small beach. The path that is designated for both walking and biking is not paved anywhere, so if you're expecting a full-on, asphalt path, you will be disappointed when all you experience is crushed rock, mowed grass, or not-too-mucky mud in some places. If you're looking for some solid exercise, the outer path is probably three miles around, although you can cut through the middle in several places to divert back towards the parking lot. All in all, the park exceeded my expectations. Bring sun screen and bug spray if you go in the summer months as the mosquitos and horse flies can be a bit strong. Wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots that you can walk in. And be prepared to learn a thing or two while you're in the park too.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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cb3500blue wrote a review Aug 2019
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Be aware of your surroundings. It's VERY easy to get caught up with what you're seeing but if you leave your valuables you may become a target very quickly. Thieves know this is a good place to target victims as people get so caught up with their surroundings. While it seems you're in the middle of nowhere, the closest local road may be only a hundred yards away so there is very easy in and out if items are lifted, which I witnessed. If you have valuables, leave someone always in charge of watching over them...I wish we were told when arriving. My advice, leave everything locked up in your car except your bare essentials! After I had items stolen I found out it's a common problem.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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jer b wrote a review Jul 2019
Bristol, Connecticut1,868 contributions519 helpful votes
We were not prepared for a couple of things: first the parking fee of $5 and the number of people in the park. We found that even though we did not stay for an entire day, the trip to the park was well worth it. The park centers around an abandoned granite quarry which has very steep cliffs and deep water in which to swim.. I would have been a little leery bringing kids here. It was nice to hang out on the rocks and enjoy the sun. Great for hiking and for swimming.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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cuTRis wrote a review Jul 2019
Saint Paul, Minnesota106 contributions25 helpful votes
This is an interesting and scenic place. It has a lot of steep cliffs and deep water so keep an eye on the kids. Swimming and trout fishing top the list of activities. On the hot July Friday we visited, it was extremely busy.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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insight2actions wrote a review Jul 2019
Cambridge, Minnesota357 contributions79 helpful votes
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Gotta love a park that you can hike, bike, scuba, climb or swim in! We brought our mountain bikes which allowed us to really see the park. Great fun. Bring LOTS of bug spray in the Summer! Also, 5 bucks per car...so be prepared! Love the history of the park too!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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