"William O'Brien State Park" William O'Brien State Park by gregoryr1m

Of all the state parks I have visited in Minnesota, William O'Brien is one of my favorites. It's about a 45 to 50 minutes drive from the Twin Cities and is only 4 miles north of Marine on St. Croix. The scenic walk along the St Croix in spectacular during any season but it is at it's most beautiful in October when the leaves are changing color.

Autmun wouldn't be Autumn to be without a walk along The St. Croix River in William O'Brien State Park.

William O'Brien State Park was donated in 1945 by Alice O'Brien in memory of her father William O'Brien who logged that very land along the St. Criox River. It is 1,353 acres and plenty to do

William O'Brien State Park has many, many places for a picnic - some remote picnic spots along the St. Croix River. Camp sights for campers and tents. There is swimming in Lake Alice and boating on The St. Croix. Plenty of fishing. Bring a camera - bring your bicycle.

Willliam O'Brien State Park has 12 miles of hiking trails but the hiking trail pictured is a great/scenic 1.5 miles walk along the St. Croix River. It's very breath taking regardless of the season.

I found this faucet pumping water into the St. Croix. I love it with the leaves scatteres along the ground.

  • Last visit to William O'Brien State Park: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2005 at 1:26 AM

    These pictures really don't need any words .... Beautiful place.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2005 at 8:24 AM

    I agree with Carolina...

  • piccolina's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2004 at 8:44 AM

    Lovely falls colors you met along your walk. Beautiful pic.

  • diageva's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2004 at 12:53 PM

    Beautiful place, thanks for sharing one of your favorite parks

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2004 at 8:05 PM

    We always enjoy learning more about state parks. We'll have to add this one to our list of places to visit.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2004 at 6:28 PM

    Greg, I "clicked" on all the photos on William O'Brien State Park and the travelogue so I could "soak in" the stunning beauty of your photographs. What a delightful way to spend an October day.

  • BarbaraForza's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2004 at 5:02 AM

    It looks great here...I can well understand why it is your favourite one!


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