Great River Bluffs State Park

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Great River Bluffs State Park is located in the Bluff Country region of southern Minnesota near Winona.

Great River Bluffs State Park

How to Get to Great River Bluffs State Park: Drive south from Winona on Highway 61 to just past Mile Marker 15. Turn right on County Road 3 and drive 4 miles to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • The Kings Bluff Trail in this area on the Mississippi River will lead you to spectacular views of the scenic river valley, and across the river into Wisconsin.
  • The 2,835-acre park has been classified as a "Natural State Park," dedicated to the protection and restoration of natural resources. This hilly area would be a difficult place to pitch a tent; however, campsites have been hewn out of the bluff, away from the valley.

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Great River Bluffs' Natural Attractions: Termed the Blufflands Landscape Region, the area features half-dome bluffs, sheer rock cliffs, and rolling uplands. The oak, hickory, maple, basswood, pine forests, and prairies provide excellent hiking. Wildlife you might expect to see includes ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, coyotes, and many species of songbirds.

Things to Do in Great River Bluffs State Park: Trails connect the campground to the bluffs, and hiking is the reason that many visit here. The park has 6.5 miles of hiking trails. The mile-long self-interpretive trail is a good starting point. Other trails will take you to eight scenic overlooks. Rare prairie wildflowers bloom in spring through summer. Fall colors are spectacular in the park. Ten miles of cross-country ski trails are open in winter.

Great River Bluffs State Park

Camping in Great River Bluffs State Park: There are 31 drive-in sites for tents and RVs. There are no electrical hookups. The campsites are secluded among the trees. Two tents-only group camps accommodate up to 20 people each. A five-site bike campground is available for bikers on the Great River Road. Picnic tables, fire rings, showers, and flush and vault toilets are provided. There is no dump station in the park.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit Winona Minnesota, the state's largest river town south of St. Paul. Sugar Loaf Mountain, a monument to the quarrying industry, rises 500 feet above the town. The Winona County Historical Museum is one of the most interesting local history museums in the state.

Drive a bit further north to Wabasha, another timeless river town. In winter, the river here attracts one of the largest concentrations of eagles anywhere in the U.S. outside of Alaska. The National Eagle Center is open year-round to offer educational displays and interaction with four resident eagles that cannot be released back into the wild.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Carley State Park > John A Latsch State Park > Beaver Creek Valley State Park


43605 Kipp Drive
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 507-643-6849

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