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.
Interstate Park is on the edge of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and Taylors Falls, Minnesota, just an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities. From Interstate 94, go 44 miles north on Highway 95 (Minnesota side of the St. Croix River) to Taylors Falls. Turn east on Highway 8 and cross the river to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. It is .8 mile to Highway 35. Take 35 south and follow the signs to Interstate Park.
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.
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.
When to ClimbInterstate Park is open year-around. Please be prepared for seasonal weather.
Interstate Park has two campgrounds plus a primitive campground. You can reach the park office by phone at: 715-483-3747. The park website offers campground maps, rules, and more info by clicking here: 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 – Wisconsin http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/interstate/
Interstate Park – Minnesota http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/interstate/index.html
Polk County Wisconsin Tourism http://www.polkcountytourism.com/
Falls Chamber of Commerce http://fallschamber.org/visitors-guide/