Spring is in full bloom in Minnesota’s Wild River State Park

Wild River State Park hugs the St. Croix River in eastern Minnesota. Most of the park consists of mixed hardwoods, wetlands, and meadows – and lots of spring wildflowers.

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

We visited a couple of weeks ago searching for trilliums.

Our first stop was the overlook at the Old Nevers Dam site, which provides a view of the St. Croix River as it rolls along.

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

It’s hard to believe that this quiet place was once the busy site of a huge dam constructed to manage the flow of logs down the river.

But now it is time to get serious about flowers. The River Terrace Loop trail is a bit low and damp along the river. There aren’t any trilliums here, but there are violets, buttercups, wild phlox, and a few other flowers in sunny spots along the wooded trail.

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Things start to pick up flower-wise as we reach the point where the trail loops around to head back along the base of the hill. Now there are lots of trilliums!

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

The trilliums have to share the spotlight though, as the woodland floor has big beautiful pink splotches of Virginia Spring Beauty, a flower I have never seen before.

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

(Aren’t they lovely? Now imagine the forest floor just covered with these little beauties.)

There are lots of other flowers too, including a few Jack-in-the-pulpit, clumps of wild ginger, a swath of buttery yellow marsh marigolds, and more.

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

There were also lots and lots of ferns starting to unfurl.

(There were several different types, but I had trouble photographing the most delicate ones!)

It was a great walk.

We ended our visit with a quick stop at the Visitor’s Center, where we could look over a bit of the river valley. Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Wild River State Park Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Think of all the flowers that must be blooming down there!

We visited a couple of weeks ago when the trilliums were in full bloom. While the trilliums should be mostly done by now, there will be other flowers blooming throughout the spring.

Wild River State Park is located along the Saint Croix River north of the MSP metro area. This is a long narrow park and can be entered either at the south end near Almelund (where the visitor center is located) or farther north at Sunrise. (We entered from Almelund.) The park has a full range of facilities, including campgrounds, camping cabins, trails, canoe rentals, and more.

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An (almost) perfect Saturday along the St. Croix
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4 thoughts on “Spring is in full bloom in Minnesota’s Wild River State Park”

  1. Stunning images of a really heavenly location. I could walk those trails for hours! Glad you found your bounty of trilliums.
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