Friday, April 13, 2018
My wife and I have hiked through the other side of the St. Croix river, on Interstate State Park, on the MN side, which eventually crosses over to WI. We were wanting to hike through the Wisconsin side, so we came on our day off.
There was still a lot of snow on the ground, which was melting, so it was very slippery (I fell and got myself a wet bottom!). In spite of that, we really liked our time there. The hiking is relatively easy, if you're used to hiking, and the views are beautiful.
I had read that some trails were dangerous, and I suppose they could be, if you didn't use common sense or had a very young and/or curious child. There are minimum guardrails by the bluffs, so if you were to get too close to the edge, you could slip and fall, and that would not be a good day for you. But the trail itself is relatively safe and doable for most everyone.
We saw a raccoon catch a fish on the frozen lake, about six great blue herons, and a pileated woodpecker.
The potholes on the other side of the river are much better than these ones, but, otherwise, it is a great place to hike and spend a day. You'll be farther from the highway, you'll have more trails to choose from, and you can even hike up to a tiny waterfall. Enjoy nature and be respectful of it!