When my sister and the kids were in town this past weekend, it was a gorgeous spring day on Saturday so we headed out to Taylors Falls to hike Interstate State Park. I heard from a few people that it was a gorgeous hike, so I was super excited to get out of the city for a bit and see what it was all about.
Taylors Falls is about an hour away from Minnesota and it’s a pretty quick drive. Taylors Falls has more than just the park, like some cute stores and restaurants, but we already made a decision to go to Stillwater later in the day to explore so stuck with the hiking.
The first thing we did when we got to the park was check out the St. Croix river —> check out this awesome form that Brayden has for throwing rocks.
After that, we hit the River Trail to hike towards the potholes. I had no idea what to expect for these, but they make a pretty big deal about them so I figured that they must be something impressive.
Anyways, we hiked about a mile to get to the other side of the park (part of this included hiking along a highway, which was a little weird).
From there, we hiked down to the river to see the potholes, which were basically just giant holes in the ground filled with water and ice (and a lot of dead leaves).
The history behind it was pretty cool (basically this part of the trail was actually the bottom of a river bed millions of years ago) but I don’t think the potholes were that amazing? Maybe they are prettier during the summer.
Even so, the hike itself was pretty — it wasn’t a super strenuous hike but it was a bit of a workout. I want to go back when it’s the fall because I bet these views are even more gorgeous with the leaves changing colors.
Also, fun fact, this river actually serves as the border for Minnesota and Wisconsin — and on the Wisconsin side, there’s also Interstate State Park. I would love to check that park out to see which one is better. 😉
When’s the last time you’ve been on a hike? Where did you go?
What’s the best hike you’ve ever done?
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