Because the Eagle Peak trail is only 1.6 miles out and back, most hikers will have no difficulty making time to explore many of the other short, but scenic trails in the park, including the Summit Rock Trail, Echo Canyon Trail, River Bluff Trail, Pothole Trail, and others. Both sides of the river offer some noteworthy rock climbing opportunities, quite worthy of a separate page. However, since I have no expertise in rock climbing, I will have to leave this to the experts.
The Pothole Trail is also the western terminus of the 1,200-mile National Scenic Ice Age Trail, and is probably the most geologically unique trail in the park. These incredible “potholes” in this park, and across the river in Minnesota, were carved thousands of years ago during the last major glacial period. The whole area has a fascinating geologic history, and the Ice Age Interpretive Center at the park offers a wealth of information to interested visitors. There are more hiking opportunities on the Minnesota side of Interstate Park.
Visitors who desire more than just hiking will find that the Dalles of the St. Croix River offers great kayaking or canoeing. For those interested in a different approach, the Taylors Falls Queen riverboat (Minnesota side of the river) offers another fun way to see more of what the river valley has to offer. Interstate Park has great camping facilities, a swimming beach, a biking trail, and fishing opportunities.
Getting There & Route
This whole route from Interstate 94 to the Taylors Falls - St. Croix Falls area is a popular fall colors scenic route each year. Needless to say, planning your hiking/climbing/camping trip in late September or early October could certainly provide you with great photo opportunities with a memorable camping experience.
Route: At the park entrance, you will be given a map. Please follow the route on the map to the Eagle Peak Trailhead. There is limited parking at the trailhead, but is usually not full. The trail is nicely marked until you get to the really rocky area at the summit. Remember which way you came up, so you can get back to the right trail.
Red TapeThere is a vehicle entrance fee to the park, or you can walk in for free. Holders of National Parks passports receive a waiver of the vehicle admission fees, but camping fees are not affected. Maps and park rules are given to all visitors at the park entrance.
Online Map of Interstate ParkFor an online map of Interstate Park, click here: Interstate Park Map
When to ClimbInterstate Park is open year-around. Please be prepared for seasonal weather. Fore the latest weather forecast for the area, click here:
Interstate Park Area Weather
Interstate Park Camping
The chamber of commerce office of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and Taylors Falls, Minnesota also has information on other camping or lodging opportunities in the area. You can reach that office by phone at: 715-483-3580.
Two other camping sites in the area include:
Camp Waub-O-Jeeg Phone number: 651-463-3500
Wildwood Campground Phone number: 651-465-6315
Interstate Park Minnesota
Polk County Wisconsin Tourism
Taylors Falls Chamber of Commerce