Discover the River Valley
The St. Croix River Valley winds through many great small communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The St. Croix River Scenic Byway – Make Stillwater your home base as you explore quaint river towns along Hwy 95 which extends for 125 miles and 2.5 hours of gorgeous scenery from rolling hills to rugged rocks, cliffs and woods. Follow roads from Afton to Sandstone Minnesota. For more maps and tons of interesting information, visit Stcroixscenicbyway.org to view their travel guide.
Travel NORTH on Main Street to take the Scenic Byway to the town of Marine On St. Croix for a stop to see more history on the sawmill district and a very quaint American small town. Then keep driving north 30 minutes to Taylors Falls to find scenic cliff hiking along the river and for the adventurous, rock climbing ledges. On your way, Stop at Franconia Sculpture Park to walk the large gardens with interesting art sculptures. Just past Taylor’s Falls downtown area, take the kids to Wild Mountain recreation area for skiing, tubing, alpine slides, and a water park. Across the river in Wisconsin is the town of St. Croix Falls and Interstate Park with an Ice Age Interpretive Center as well as Oseola where the St. Croix Valley Railway attraction starts.
Travel SOUTH just a few miles to Bayport to find their beautiful Lakeside Park with a beach and nearby marina, then continue along the scenic byway to the village of Afton where Afton Alps Ski Area, owned by Vail Valley Resorts, is one of the best around and Afton State park has beautiful backpack campsites. About X minutes from Stillwater, you’ll find the town of Prescott, WI where the St. Croix River and Mississippi Rivers intersect.
Travel EAST across the Stillwater Lift Bridge into Wisconsin where you will find cheese factories, wineries in the town of Somerset with the Apple River for tubing, camping, and outdoor amphitheater concerts and New Richmond boasting a micro-brewery and distillery. SOUTH EAST of Stillwater about 20 minutes and just off I-94 is Hudson, WI also a beautiful historic town on the St. Croix River with many tourist attractions.
Travel WEST of Stillwater on Hwy 36 to capture the city life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Stillwater is also only about 40 minutes from the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN (Take hwy 36 to 694 South).
St. Croix River Events
Looking for music, art or festivals along the river? Check out our Events Calendar for events in the entire valley from Prescott, WI to Taylor’s Falls, MN.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
Stillwater is located on the St. Croix Scenic Byway (State Hwy. 95 which runs through historic downtown Main Street) and is not far off the path of one of America’s Byways called the Great River Road in MN or WI that runs along the Mississippi River from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico (from hwy 61 in Hastings, MN head north on Hwy 95) . Take the scenic drive listed on MotorcycleRoads.com (Hwy 95/Saint Croix Trail north from downtown Stillwater) for great ride from Stillwater to Taylor’s Falls, MN. More about Minnesota Scenic Byways.
State Parks – Minnesota & Wisconsin
Stillwater is located along the St. Croix River on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, so visitors have the benefit of access to both Minnesota (866.857.2757) and Wisconsin (800.372.3607) State Park system.
State Parks closest to Stillwater are:
William O’Brien 16821 O’Brien Trail North Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 (651.433.0500)
Wild River 39797 Park Trail Center City, MN 55012 (651.583.2125)
Afton State Park 6959 Peller Ave S Hastings, MN 55033 (651.436.5391)
Willow River 1034 County Hwy A Hudson, WI 54016 (715-386-5931)
Washington County Parks
Stillwater is located in Washington County with many nearby large outdoor recreation areas such as:
Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Beach/playground/multi-use trails/camping) 1515 Keats Ave. N. Lake Elmo, MN 651.430.8370
Square Lake Park (beach/fishing) 15450 Square Lake Trail North Stillwater, MN 651.430.8200
Pine Point Park (multi-use trails – Gateway State Bike Trail) 11900 Norell Avenue N. Stillwater, MN
Big Marine Park Reserve (boat launch/beach/playground/trails) 17495 Manning Trail N. Stillwater, MN 651.430.8200
Pick up Washington County Parks & Trails Maps at any of the above locations.