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Review of St. Croix River

Ranked #237 of 1,749 things to do in Minnesota
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Owner description: This scenic river, running through Afton State Park, is ideal for viewing wildlife.
Reviewed 2 June 2013

If had to pick a place that would be your definition of a paradise in terms of scenic beauty, calming effect, as well as the best spot for spending a summer day or weekend the St. Croix River would win out on all counts. This body of water is one of the most popular places in the state in terms of recreational options that run the gauntlet from great hiking trails, an awesome yet at times somewhat crowded spot for boating, numerous towns that are a great excuse for a "road trip". Throw in places for exceptional dining i.e Stillwater, Hudson, Red Wing and I have only one to say. What in the heck are you waiting for? If your vacation budget means more daytrips and or overnighters instead of a week at a over-priced resort, this is an option worth keeping in mind. Life is short. Don't be afraid to live a lttle.

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

You could easily spend three days working your way down the St Croix River! Taylors Falls, Stillwater, Hudson, Hasting, and Red Wing are just the main towns along the way. There is something for everyone along the way. My favorite destination is the Taylors Falls, MN area. You can take a river boat cruise, rent canoes, or my favorite which is to cross to the WI side and hike in their Interstate Park. Bring a good lunch, and some good hiking shoes and prepare to spend the day. The trails are dog friendly, but be sure to bring water along as it is considerable distance between water sources. The trails require good stamina but are worth it! The views from high above the river are breath taking and the paths through the woods and rocks are beautiful. The "Potholes" are natural wonders! Those located in the MN side of Interstate Park are more dramatic, and should be seen if you stop at the river boat.

4  Thank Jean W
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

It is the most beautiful river, calm and enviting. There is lots to look at when you visit the St. Croix, especially if you are traveling by boat.

3  Thank Nancy W
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

The St. Croix River is very clean for a river. It's nice place to walk dogs. There is a lot of boating activity in the summer.

1  Thank Paul K
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We loved going through the St. Croix river areas to catch fall leaves turning colors. We have gone for a weekend and stayed in the Stillwater area, but you will need to plan ahead when visiting this area in the fall colors time because "all" hotels in the area were booked solid that weekend we tried it without reservations. We tried hotel after hotel and finally got a room that someone just cancelled out of. The front desk clerk said we were lucky, that was a cancelation and there was someone right behind us that would have taken the room too, but did not get one. Plan ahead for fall, if you want to go here then. Shopping in Stillwater was also enjoyed that weekend. Other times of the year are still fun to go, we like looking to antiques in the Stillwater area also. It is a pretty area all up and down the river here.

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