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John Latsch State Park

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Address: Winona, MN 55959
Phone Number: (507) 932-3007
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This 350-acre park offers three overlooks towering 500 feet above the...

This 350-acre park offers three overlooks towering 500 feet above the Mississippi River.

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Challenging hike but worth it

Challenging hike but worth it! We've taken the kids several time and even as young as 3 years old, they enjoyed the stairs but especially the view from the top.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2016
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I visited John Latsch State Park recently. It is a very small park with a challenging stairway climb to a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River valley. It is not for the faint of heart, or for those not prepared to walk up many, many steps to get to the top. But if you complete the climb,... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Challenging hike but worth it! We've taken the kids several time and even as young as 3 years old, they enjoyed the stairs but especially the view from the top.

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Hudson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Its quite a climb to the top but it is a well maintained stairway for most of the climb. Spectacular view awaits at the top. Coming from the south on highway 61 there is a sign noting the park is a 1/2 mile ahead but the actual turn is not well marked.

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Thank Joe C
Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

We went with our 6 and 8 year old and it's a tough hike. Stairs ALL the way up! Get ready for a workout. Views were beautiful and that hike was a killer.

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david.pattison@chrobinson.com
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

contrary to what online says, this park is only a picnic area. there is no camping, etc. it is day use only. there is room for 5 or 6 cars to park. BUT, as mentioned in other reviews, there is a hiking trail that is all stairs up the back of the 500 foot rock face. the trail sign says... More 

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Sturtevant
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

John Latsch State Park is Located 12 miles north of Winona, Minnesota along the Mississippi River. Driving from the south it's about 1 mile past Mississippi River lock # 5 on the left. The sign to the park is not that big so you can easily miss it. But once you get there, there will be a small parking place... More 

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

You have to look at the rock formations all around like a child. See if you can find faces. When I get my ship, gonna have an artist paint a few. Don't stay at The Plaza. The General manager so far the worse I have encountered as I do talk to them a lot due to my weeks of stay... More 

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Golden Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Nearly 600 steps to the top but well worth the walk. Loved the extensive view from the bluff of the Mississippi.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

We hiked the Riverview Trail on a Saurday evening in late August with five children, ages 5 to 11. I am pretty sure it was the most consecutive steps any of us have ever walked up! There are resting benches about halfway up and a few spots where you can step off the main trail and look out over the... More 

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Oskaloosa, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The whole trail to the top is stairs, over 500 of them! The view from the top is is worth climbing the stairs, plus it is a good workout for the legs. We were a few weeks to early for fall color, but I'm sure it would be georgous!

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