Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Pine Bend Bluff provides spectacular views of the Mississippi River from bluffs overlooking the river valley. The park consists of savanna, oak forest, and dry prairie. Native grasses and forbs, including spring flowers, are also attractions. Pine Bluff SNA is 256 acres in size; one parcel is accessible only by river.
Activities: Since this is a state scientific and natural area, low-impact only activities are allowed. Hiking, nature study, bird watching, and photography opportunities abound.
Parking Instructions: Pine Bend Bluff SNA is located in Inver Grove Heights. Travel south from the Twin Cities on US Hwy 52 and turn north on 117th Street. Drive a half mile on the east frontage road. Turn right on the gravel road by the trucking company and park in the small parking lot. Walk up the road and turn right at the gate. This will lead behind a neighbor's barn (which will be on your left) and through the woods to beautiful bluff top views (see photo) of the Mississippi River from the ridge's goat prairies.
Sites Nearby: Spring Lake Park Preserve
Did You Know?
Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.