The dalles and bluffs of the region’s St. Croix River create the backdrop for the town of St. Croix Falls in the state of Wisconsin. Mountain biking, hiking, wine tastings, delicious meals, history, and more can all be found in the local area, making the town a great scenic destination. Known as the “City of Trails,” St. Croix Falls provides plenty of trails for outdoor recreation throughout the city, as well as at the Interstate State Park, while the Dancing Dragonfly Winery provides a way to relax at the end of a hike with wines made from locally sourced grapes.
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The Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin consists of two state parks located adjacently on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Both of these parks are named “Interstate State Park.” The park straddles the Dalles along the St. Croix River, which consists of a deep basalt gorge with rock formations and glacial potholes. The western part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail can be found on the Wisconsin side of the Interstate Park, while rustic building listed with the National Register of Historic Places are located on the park’s Minnesota side. The Wisconsin Interstate Park encompasses 1,330 acres.
WI-35, St Croix Falls, WI 54024, Phone: 715-483-3747
2.Dancing Dragonfly Winery
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The Dancing Dragonfly Winery in St. Croix Falls is a family-owned and operated winery nestled in the stunning St. Croix River Valley. Owners Christine and Bill Bluhm are committed to creating high quality wines from the cold-climate grapes grown in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wine tastings are offered daily, as well as a variety of food, such as oven-baked cheeses, wood-fired pizza, grilled paninis, flatbreads, and more. The Dancing Dragonfly Winery is open Sunday to Saturday, with the exception of New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Wines include a variety of reds and whites, along with a few specialty wines.
2013 120th Ave, St Croix Falls, WI 54024, Phone: 715-483-9463
3.St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, located in northwestern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, is protected by the National Park Service and preserves 252 miles of riverways. Part of the country’s original eight National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is the largest of the scenic riverways on the eastern side of the Mississippi River. The upper part is a smallmouth bass nationally-renowned fishery, along with sturgeon, catfish, walleye, and other fishing opportunities. In addition to fishing, the scenic riverway is a great spot for other outdoor recreation activities, such as hunting, tubing, camping, boating, and canoeing.
401 N Hamilton St, St Croix Falls, WI 54024
4.Trap Brewing Company
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The Trap Brewing Company is a St. Croix Falls-based microbrewery that uses ingredients sourced primarily from the local area to create an array of both cutting-edge and classic styles of beer with a belief that a “recipe for a great tasting beer starts and ends with people.” This philosophy can be seen in how the community, patrons, and employees are treated. The Trap Brewing Company taphouse, staffed by staff passionate about beer, is open from 4:00pm until 9:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from noon until 10:00pm on Saturdays, and from noon until 6:00pm on Sundays.
20 N Blanding Woods Rd, St Croix Falls, WI 54024, Phone: 651-269-6013
5.Rock and River
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The Rock and River is a stone bench designed and created by a group of nine young summer school students between the ages of nine and twelve, along with help from their teacher, Amy Klein, and several other people in the community, such as Ranger Dale Cox with the National Park Service, staff from the Franconia Sculpture Park, and James Shoop, a local St. Croix Falls bronze sculpture artist. The bench features small bronze sculptures the students created in Shoop’s studio. The Rock and River provides a great spot for people to just sit and relax on the Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk.
Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk, St. Croix Falls, WI
6.Loggers Bar and Grill
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The Loggers Bar and Grill offers the history of logging combined with delicious food and refreshing drinks. Open daily, from Sunday to Saturday, for all-day dining, including late night, the bar and restaurant is one of the St. Croix Falls area’s most popular spot for a meal that includes sandwiches, soup, homemade pizza, and more, along with a Fish Fry on Friday nights. The Loggers Bar offers a wide variety of beverages kept cold by “state-of-the-art” chill discs, such as speciality, drinks, wine, liquor, and an array of beer, including a special free beer each night.
2071 Glacier Dr, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, Phone: 715-483-2504
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