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Sunday Morning Coffee Walks

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Date: September 5, 2013
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Join a National Park Ranger for Sunday Morning Coffee Walks in September

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin:  Enjoy the transition to autumn during the month of September with some fresh coffee, good conversation, and a healthy morning walk next to the St. Croix River. National Park Rangers from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will lead these walks (with coffee provided!) each Sunday of the month.

Sunday, September 8, 9:00 a.m.Ridgeview Trail - Osceola Loop  

This 2 ¼ mile loop trail follows the bluff line through pine and deciduous woods overlooking the St. Croix. Meet the Park Ranger at the Osceola Loop Trailhead, located just north of Osceola, Wisconsin, 1 mile west of Wisconsin Highway 35 on Polk County Road S.

Sunday, September 15, 9:00 a.m.Osceola Bluff Trail

This 1-mile loop trail ascends the sandstone bluff southwest of Osceola and offers one of the area’s most dramatic views of the St. Croix River valley. There is a short, steep climb on this trail, and it also follows along the bluff edge for a distance. Meet the Park Ranger at the Geiger Brewery Historical Marker on the south side of Minnesota State Highway 243 and just west of the intersection with State Highway 35 in Osceola, Wisconsin.

Sunday, September 22, 9:00 a.m.Indianhead Flowage Trail

Enjoy the first day of autumn on this level, one mile out and back trail through woods, wetlands and over bridged streams next to the St. Croix River. Meet the Park Ranger at the Indianhead Flowage Trailhead, located just off of Wisconsin Highway 87 one mile north of downtown St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

Sunday, September 29, 9:00 a.m.Osceola Bluff Trail

The final hike returns to this 1-mile loop overlooking the St. Croix in anticipation of the seasonal change of colors that annually sweeps through the Northwoods! There is a short, steep climb on this trail, and it also follows along the bluff edge for a distance. Meet the Park Ranger at the Geiger Brewery Historical Marker on the south side of Minnesota State Highway 243 and just west of the intersection with State Highway 35 in Osceola, Wisconsin.

Each walk will be on a developed trail and last about 1 to 1 ½ hours at a leisurely pace. Uneven terrain exists in places on some of these trails, so participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather, and to bring water, snacks or other items as needed.

These morning walks are free and open to all members of the public. Walks may be cancelled in the event of threatening or inclement weather. For more information, please call the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 715-483-2274.


 

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.