ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — Enjoy the transition to autumn during the month of September with some fresh coffee, good conversation, and a healthy morning walk next to the St. Croix River. National Park Rangers from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will lead these walks (with coffee provided!) each Sunday of the month.
• Sept. 8, 9 a.m. — Ridgeview Trail – Osceola Loop
This 2,25 mile loop trail follows the bluff line through pine and deciduous woods overlooking the St. Croix. Meet the Park Ranger at the Osceola Loop Trailhead, located just north of Osceola, Wis., just 1 mile west of Wisconsin Highway 35 on Polk County Road S.
• Sept. 15, 9 a.m. — Osceola Bluff Trail
This 1-mile loop trail ascends the sandstone bluff southwest of Osceola and offers one of the area’s most dramatic views of the St. Croix River valley. There is a short, steep climb on this trail, and it also follows along the bluff edge for a distance. Meet the Park Ranger at the Geiger Brewery Historical Marker on the south side of Minnesota State Highway 243 and just west of the intersection with State Highway 35 in Osceola.
• Sept. 22, 9 a.m. — Indianhead Flowage Trail
Enjoy the first day of autumn on this level, one mile out and back trail through woods, wetlands and over bridged streams next to the St. Croix River. Meet the Park Ranger at the Indianhead Flowage Trailhead, located just off of Wisconsin Highway 87 one mile north of downtown St. Croix Falls.
• Sept. 29, 9 a.m. — Osceola Bluff Trail
The final hike returns to this 1-mile loop overlooking the St. Croix in anticipation of the seasonal change of colors that annually sweeps through the Northwoods! There is a short, steep climb on this trail, and it also follows along the bluff edge for a distance. Meet the Park Ranger at the Geiger Brewery Historical Marker on the south side of Minnesota State Highway 243 and just west of the intersection with State Highway 35 in Osceola.
Each walk will be on a developed trail and last about 1 to 1,5 hours at a leisurely pace. Uneven terrain exists in places on some of these trails, so participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather, and to bring water, snacks or other items as needed.
These morning walks are free and open to all members of the public. Walks may be cancelled in the event of threatening or inclement weather. For more information, please call the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 715-483-2274.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.
Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacn.