Join NPS rangers on Sunday ‘Coffee Walks’

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — Enjoy September’s transition to autumn with fresh coffee, good conversation and a healthy morning walk next to the St. Croix River with National Park Rangers from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The rangers will lead these walks, with coffee provided, each Sunday of the month. The first walk is 9 a.m. Sunday along the Ridgeview Trail Osceola Loop. This 2.25-mile loop trail follows the bluff line through pine and deciduous woods overlooking the St. Croix. Meet the park ranger at the Osceola Loop Trailhead just north of Osceola, Wis., 1 mile west of Wisconsin 35 on Polk County Road S.
Subsequent 9 a.m. walks are:

  •  Sept. 15 on the Osceola Bluff Trail. This 1-mile loop trail ascends the sandstone bluff southwest of Osceola and offers one of the area’s most dramatic views of the St. Croix River valley. There is a short, steep climb on this trail, and it also follows along the bluff edge for a distance. Meet the ranger at the Geiger Brewery Historical Marker on the south side of Minnesota 243 and just west of the intersection with Wisconsin 35 in Osceola.
  •  Sept. 22 on the Indianhead Flowage Trail. Enjoy the first day of autumn on this level, one-mile-out-and-back trail through woods, wetlands and over bridged streams next to the St. Croix River. Meet the ranger at the Indianhead Flowage Trailhead, located off of Wisconsin 87 one mile north of downtown St. Croix Falls.l
  • Sept. 29 on the Osceola Bluff Trail. The final hike returns to this 1-mile loop overlooking the St. Croix in anticipation of the seasonal change of colors that sweeps through the Northwoods. Meet the ranger at the Geiger Brewery Historical Marker on the south side of Minnesota  in Osceola.

Each walk will be on a developed trail and last about one hour to 90 minutes at a leisurely pace. Uneven terrain exists in places on some of these trails, so participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water, snacks or other items as needed.
These morning walks are free and open to the public. Walks might be cancelled in the event of threatening or inclement weather. Call the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 715-483-2274 for more information.