• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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Go for a Hike

The National Park Service maintains seven hiking trails along the Riverway. A variety of trails exist in nearby state parks and forests. The western terminus of the Ice Age trail www.nps.gov/iatr is within Wisconsin Interstate Park. Many of the trails can be used in all seasons for hiking, snow shoeing or X-country skiing. As you hike the trails look all around to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. A hiking brochure can be printed that contains maps and information on specific trails. Hiking pdf In addition there is also a hiking guide for Sandrock Cliffs north of Highway 70.

Safety:
· Poison ivy may be growing along the trail. Learn how to identify the plant by its three saw-toothed leaves.
· Ticks are found in the grasses and brush. Check yourself after your hike for any hitchhikers. The Deer ticks found here may carry Lyme Disease.
· Biting insects vary by season but may be plentiful, consider wearing repellant.
· Trail surfaces are uneven and may be steep. Watch your step.
· Hunting is allowed along some of the trails, look for postings.

Regulations:
· Bicycles, ATVs and motorized vehicles are not allowed on park trails.
· Berry and mushroom picking for personal use is allowed.
· Flowers and other plants are protected.
· Cultural/historic items are not to be disturbed.

Did You Know?

Blackand white old photo of three men standing on logs loaded on a wagon with horses attached

In 1872 3,500 men, 1,600 horses and 250 oxen logged off 35,000 acres cutting some 200 million board feet of logs. "Taylors Falls Reporter". In 1883 the Boom in Stillwater, Minnesota, which collected logs coming down the St. Croix River, reported 1,397,417 logs for 217,045,647 board feet.