Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area

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

Introduction

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.

History

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.

Hours, Directions, and Contact Information

  • 3599-3501 111th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
  • GPS: 44.788185, -93.033159
  • Parking is available at a small parking lot at the above address and GPS coordinates.
  • To find the trail, walk up the road and turn right at the steel 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.
  • See the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for more information on this parcel and to obtain information about visiting Scientific and Natural Areas.

Nearby Sites

Spring Lake Park Preserve

Last updated: November 8, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Phone:

(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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