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“Beautiful View of the River”

Frontenac State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Frontenac
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Owner description: A scenic park located on the Mississippi River.
Reviewed June 16, 2014

We went to this park on our way out of town to grab a geocache. What we found were beautiful delta views. We saw some pretty awesome birds, including a beautiful eagle circling overhead. The trails were clean and not too difficult, and we didn't have to drive on any gravel roads, which is always a plus when visiting a park.

Thank Jeannette W
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Frontenac is a beautiful park with easy trails with great views or more difficult longer trails. We took the trail on the side of the bluff that descended several hundred feet, went through forest, and went right by In Yan Teopa Rock (an interesting formation).

Thank Shells5
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

About an 80 minute leasurely drive south on Hwy 61 from Saint Paul, MN takes you through the historic river towns of Hastings and Red Wing. Shortly thereafter you will see a sign to the left for Frontenac State Park as you enter the small hamlet of Frontenac. Up the winding road you enter the park which is built on the bluffs overlooking Lake Pepin (part of the Mississippi River). If you are a birder then you want to come and camp over the peak migrations in May and then in the fall. Otherwise anytime during the year you will be standing at the level of the gliding bald eagles that are picking up the updrafts from the bluffs.

The camping sites are very clean with hot water showers and drinking water. There are a handful of electric RV sites.

Going out of the park then go the other way on County 2 and you will find yourself traveling through antebellum homes built the end of the 1890s. Leaving these the Villa Maria Retreat center is to your right. Keep going and you will find yourself back on Hwy 61. Go south and enjoy the lake view from Lake City.

Enjoy!

2  Thank John T
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

During a recent visit to Minnesota I had the opportunity to hike for a good part of a day at Frontenac with a friend of mine. We brought a picnic lunch and hiked the path along the river, stopping along the way to enjoy the views of the river. What a nice hike! It wasn't a particularly long trail but with enough ups and downs to make it interesting. We saw several deer which was a nice surprise! After finishing the river trail, we hiked along some of the meadow paths - nice and peaceful! My only complaint about the park is that the signage and the map could have been a bit clearer. We did the same trail twice in the meadow without realizing it!

Thank dinamber
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We just spent the weekend in Cart-in campsite #4.
It was a neat, memorable experience!
The carts are provided at the lot across the street where you park.
It is 1/4 of a mile up and down a hill to the sites. Not for the couch potato!
Site #6 is the best and most private, but not reservable.
Site #1 is closest to the pit toilet and the least private.

We loved the view from the Point No Point picnic area.
Most of the trails in the park were grass cross country ski trails.
There is a paved trail from the big campground to the picnic area that is about one mile long. The trails going down the bluff to the water were dirt and rock with wood stairs at some places.
This park feels remote and peaceful.

We also liked that it was close enough to Red Wing in case it rained and we wanted to shop.

(I rated the park 3 stars as we saw it all and I don't feel like I would need to go back.)

1  Thank Suzette38
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