Total Mileage/average drive time
43 miles, 1 hour, 6 minutes
The St. Croix River was once a major transportation artery for early settlers and fur traders traveling through the upper Midwest. Today, RVers can explore this waterway separating Minnesota from Wisconsin with visits to charming towns and spectacular state parks along the way. Discover why a large segment of this travel corridor was designated a Scenic Byway.
1) Taylors Fall
Taylors Falls is a small, historic village found in the hills of the St. Croix River. Visitors come for fishing, boating and hiking, and the summer's tourism peak can reach up to 5,000 people at any given time with over one million visitors passing through the city during the season. Ride the Taylors Falls Queen or the Taylors Falls Princess, two touring boats that take passengers to unique rock formations that were left behind as the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago.
2) William O'Brien State Park
17 miles, 26 minutes
Located only one hour from the Twin Cities, William O'Brien State Park provides a beautiful setting for recreation along the banks of the St. Croix River. Traverse the park's rolling, wooded hills on well-groom hiking trails or drop a line in the channels of the St. Croix for walleye, bass and trout. Ideal for canoeing, the river is also a migratory pathway that offers visitors an exciting diversity of sights and sounds.
25 miles, 40 minutes
Afton gives visitors access to the St. Croix River for boating and fishing, with two marinas in town and even a boat launch ramp. Peruse the many fine shops and dine at a variety of unique restaurants. Come for the Strawberry Festival, Art in the Park, summer street dances, Ladies Night on the 3rd Thursday of the month, music venues on Friday nights and other happenings in the city.