Apple Blossom Overlook Park

La Crescent, MN

 
     
 
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Apple Blossom Overlook Park is a Winona County park located three miles north of downtown La Crescent, MN on Apple Blossom Drive Scenic Byway. Its 55 acres includes a ridge top overlooking the Upper Mississippi River Valley 580 feet below. A 1.3 mile loop trail has a spur that leads to a spectacular overlook on a narrow promontory. The trail is wide, grassy, and well maintained. It passes through new and old growth hardwood forest, two newly established prairies, and a few small areas of remnant prairie, and by rock outcroppings, steep cliffs, and an historic stone quarry. The park also includes a small depression that is sometimes a small pond but at other times just a wetland.

 
     
 

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Size

 
 

55 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

33642 County Road 1
La Crescent, MN  55947

N43 51.422, W91 18.754

N43 51.583, W91 18.898

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Sun-Sat: 6:30AM—10PM

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

 
         
 

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          Winona County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

1.3 miles

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province     Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province    
  Ecological Section     Paleozoic Plateau    
  Ecological Subsection     The Blufflands    
  Land Type Association     Caledonia Ridgetops    
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (10/11/2021)

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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Picnic area at the park

 
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The view looking east towards Wisconsin following I-90.

 
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Looking towards La Crescent, MN from the south end of the park.

 
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Walking through the prairie area.

 
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Mother and daughter examining a Milkweed plant.

 
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Families walking along the trail.

 
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Insects and Arachnids

 
 

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

  twelve-spotted skimmer  
 

Plants

 
 

foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

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Created: 6/23/2022

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