Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area
This area represents one of the largest relatively undisturbed natural areas left in the Twin Cities metro area. The goat prairie at the top of the bluff offers some of the best views of the wild Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area. It is also one of the more remote areas within the Mississippi National River and Recreation 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.
Since this is a state scientific and natural area, low-impact only activities are allowed. Hiking, nature study, bird watching, and photography opportunities abound.
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Last updated: November 8, 2017