• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Junction of Highways 52/55 and 111 Street East in Inver Grove Heights, MN.

 
 
The island-dotted Mississippi River flows past forested banks and into the distance.

Overview
This area represents one of the largest relatively undisturbed natural areas left in the Twin Cities metro area. A partnership of government and non-government agencies and organizations cooperated in preserving this property in its natural state. Since 1991, volunteers have removed invasive species and replanted using prairie grasses and forbs to restore this area to a more natural system.

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.

Contact Information: See the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for more information on this parcel and to obtain information about visiting Scientific and Natural Areas.

 

 
 
 

Did You Know?

Coon Rapids Dam

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.