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“Beautiful Day & Place for a Hike”

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.
Oronoco, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Beautiful Day & Place for a Hike”
Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We spent some time hiking at the park. It was delightful. A nice breeze kept most mosquitoes away. There are beautiful views of the Mississippi from the trails.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Day Trip from Minneapolis”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

Frontenac State Park is an excellent day drip from Minneapolis. Although it’s what I would call a “smaller” state park, it offers hikers many habitats to enjoy, including river bluffs, prairie, forest, and floodplain woods. Hiking trails offer a variety of ease/difficulty: from the paved path from the picnic area to the campground, to prairie walks, to wooded trails of various difficulty (and stairs) along the river bluffs. Birding is exceptional - so bring your binoculars and/or your camera. Views of the Mississippi River (aka Lake Pepin in this area) are just stunning, especially from the Point-No-Point picnic area. Pro tip: when traveling from the Twin Cities, travel WI-35, a segment of the Great River Road/Scenic Byway, from Prescott, Wisconsin (where you can visit the Great River Road Visitor Center), then proceeded south via to US-63 across the river back to Red Wing. This was a scenic driving route, and highly recommended. If the park's Sand Point trail isn’t flooded and is open, be sure to check that out as well - it includes a unique boardwalk trail through floodplain forest. For that you’ll need to drive down and park at the Fort Beauharnois historical marker area and proceed from there.

Visited June 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful View of the 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.

Visited June 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“On the Bluffs of the Mississippi”
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).

Visited May 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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“Bald Eagles! Must go for birders!”
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.


Visited May 2014
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