Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fire tower, lake swim await day hikers at Minn.’s St. Croix State Park

Kettle River, St. Croix State Park
Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR
An amazing 127-plus miles of hiking trails cross the St. Croix State Park’s 34,000 acres in Pine County, Minn. Three great trails you won’t want to miss at the park include:
g Kettle River Highbanks to Observation Tower Route – Day hikers can walk to and climb to the top of a 100-foot fire tower at St. Croix State Park in Pine County, Minn. The 3.6-mile (7.2-miles round trip) route is best for physically fit families with a lot of energy.
g Matthew Lourey State Trail – This trail runs for several miles roughly north to south through the park. A pleasant 2.3-mile segment heads from a trail center to Hay Creek.
g Park Headquarters to Lake Clayton Route – From the park headquarters, head west for 2.5 miles for Lake Clayton Beach. Have one of the adults in the group pick you up after a day of swimming.

Read more about day hiking the scenic riverway in my guidebook Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.