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Great River Bluffs State Park

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Address: 43605 Kipp Dr., Winona, MN 55987-9427
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+1 507-643-6849

Overlooking the Mississippi River, this park offers scenic views.

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Stunning views over the Mississippi.

This park is just off the main highway and there are a number of short hikes as well as longer ones. To the east there are 2 with excellent viewing points over the Mississippi... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This park is just off the main highway and there are a number of short hikes as well as longer ones. To the east there are 2 with excellent viewing points over the Mississippi, particularly clear at this time of year with clear skies, excellent visibility and bare trees. No doubt vastly different when the summer and autumn foliage is... More 

Thank Satravelforlife
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This MN State Park will give you breathtaking views of the Mississippi River valley that you will not find anywhere else. The pathways are wide and well groomed, the deciduous trees are all around the pathways, the panoramic views (there are several stops) are fabulous, the walks are not very long on the east side and you will find that... More 

Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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131 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

We were very happily surprised by this state park. It has a nice collection of short and medium hiking paths. The views of the river are nice and you don’t see too many people. Hint #1: There is a $5 charge to get in. There is no attendant on duty, so have the cash ready. Hint #2: Many of the... More 

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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We walked over 4 miles of the trails going to three of the overlooks in the park. We saw bald eagles at two of the overlooks and thoroughly enjoyed the views overall. The trails are mostly easy with a few moderate spots. We drove in past the first couple of parking lots to the picnic area and walked from there... More 

Thank CharmedMpls
Burnsville, Minnesota
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145 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The King's Bluff trail takes you by restored prairie, through pine forest (with a soft bed of needs underfoot, through hardwood forest, on rocky hiking paths and then to a bluff top overlooking the Mississippi, all while travelling mostly level ground. But also take some time to check out other trails like that to the Eastern lookout, which I thought... More 

Thank SonofAslan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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694 reviews
352 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

The trails are lovely for hiking at all levels. Surprisingly more prairie-like than you would anticipate next to the river, but lovely none-the-less. There is nothing out there so make sure you bring a picnic otherwise be prepared for a 30 minute drive.

Thank Rachel C
Winona, Minnesota
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86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

The Kings bluff hike is mostly flat, but such great views of the Mississippi River at the end of the trail. There are other trails through the woods and some by the campgrounds. Very unbusy park.

Thank OnTheRoad1947
Broken Bow, Nebraska
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

This is one of my favorite campgrounds. It's easy to select just the right campsite with the photos and detailed info on line. All sites are wooded and spaced far enough apart for privacy and quiet. I90 runs about a mile below the far end of the campground, but the noise is minimal. Showers, flush toilets, and drinking water are... More 

1 Thank happycamper888882016
Winona, Minnesota
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229 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Seems like it should be easy to get to this park, right off the Mississippi River, but you have to go around to the back side of the bluffs and come in that way. So it's off the Highway 61-Interstate 90 exit than a mile or two west, then up the hill and back east into the park. Follow the... More 

1 Thank tgrier
Oslo, Norway
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129 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

This State Park is perhaps not very well-known, but it offers great hiking options and amazing views of the Mississippi and Minnesota´s bluff country. The trails are very easy and almost too accessible, because you can drive all the way to the trailhead of many of the trails. The only improvement would be that the park could open even more... More 

Thank Thor B

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