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On The Road: Great River Bluffs State Park


DAKOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Just off of Interstate 90 near Dakota lies one of southeastern Minnesota's hidden gems.

Come with us as we explore Great River Bluffs State Park, a park with eye-popping views and many trails to fulfill any of your outdoor needs.

"Just as its name suggests, the mighty Mississippi is never too far from the eyes of its visitors."

Guy and Lise are from Canada and they took a year off of work to travel across the United States and Canada.

"We're in the first week of the trip. We're on a big transit so I searched on the maps mainly for the state parks to sleep," says Guy Boulianne.

And one that caught his eye while he was searching was Minnesota's Great River Bluffs State Park.

"We're pretty impressed by the quality of the buildings here and the maintenance of the site. We have dogs to walk with us, the trails are nice, so that's definitely a nice place for a one or two day stop for us."

And it's those trails that keep its visitors coming back for more.

"The levels of hikes, you can go easy or you can really work up a sweat, but there's a level for everybody," adds Paula Gaboury.

And the breathtaking views from numerous overlooks throughout the park make the hike all the more worth it.

"Beautiful views, beautiful views. That's the best part. You're up on the bluff, you can look out over the river, both upstream and downstream. Look over and see the La Crosse airport, see the Wisconsin side of the river, it's gorgeous," says Rick Ellis.

If your trip to Great River Bluffs calls for more than one day, you're in luck.

"It's just so beautiful and quiet and peaceful, it's just a great place to come. It's far enough away from where we live that we feel like we're getting away and yet you know. We just love Minnesota," adds Gaboury.

Great River Bluffs State Park was founded in 1963, but originally named O.L Kipp State Park. It was renamed Great River Bluffs in the late '90s to better describe what the park was all about.

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