Carley State Park

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Carley State Park is located in the Bluff Country region of Minnesota near Rochester.

Carley State Park

How to Get to Carley State Park: Drive approximately 15 miles northeast of Rochester, or 4 miles south of Plainview on Wabasha County Road 4.

Park Highlights:

  • Carley is one of Minnesota's smaller state parks. It is also a beautiful park that will give you a sense of what our state was like before it was settled.
  • The Whitewater River cuts through the high ridges in the park. At times the river flows swiftly, and at other times it seems more like a meandering stream.
  • The park is named for State Senator James Carley, who donated the land to preserve a remnant stand of native white pines.

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Carley's Natural Attractions: The serenity and quiet in this park are among the greatest attractions. Stroll among the wildflowers, including the bluebells that bloom here in spring. Be alert for deer, red fox, beavers, coyotes, pileated woodpeckers, and many other mammals and birds that inhabit the park.

The scenery includes the undulating hills and ridges, as well as the winding river. View the remaining stand of white pines from the observation platform.

Things to Do in Carley State Park: Fish for trout in the northern branch of the Whitewater River. There are 5 miles of hiking trails that follow the river through the park; 1 mile is a self-guided trail. A picnic area and playground, as well as a horseshoe area, are available for campers or day visitors.

In winter, the trails are available for cross-country skiing. There is also a sledding hill, and you can snowshoe anywhere in the park.

Camping in Carley State Park: If you like solitude, this is the place for you to camp. The campground here is rarely full, and campsites are well separated by the trees. There are 20 sites for tents and RVs, and three tent-only group sites that can accommodate 15, 20, and 25 people. Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water are provided in the camping areas.

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More Attractions in This Region: Rochester, home of the world-famous Mayo Clinic, offers tours of the clinic and of Mayowood Mansion. Tours of Plummer House of Arts and Heritage House offer interesting insight into the history of the area.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Whitewater State Park > John A Latsch State Park > Great River Bluffs State Park > Beaver Creek Valley State Park

Contact:

c/o Whitewater State Park
19041 Hwy 74
Altura, MN 55910
Phone: 507-932-3007
Fax: 507-932-5938
Email: carley.statepark@state.mn.us

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