Magelssen Bluff Park

Rushford, MN

 
     
 
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Rushford Peterson Valley

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

The Rushford Peterson Valley is a beautiful and historic region located in Fillmore County, Minnesota. It is situated in the heart of southeastern Minnesota's Bluff Country, and is known for its rolling hills, limestone bluffs, and the Root River. The valley is home to three cities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village, as well as several smaller towns and villages. The population of the valley is about 3,000 people.

Magelssen Bluff Park is a 120-acre park located in Rushford, Minnesota. It is named after the Magelssen family, who donated the land to the city in 1972. The park features a 175-foot-high limestone bluff, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. There are also hiking trails, a picnic area, and a playground in the park.

Magelssen Bluff Park is home to a number of historical features, including the Rushford Burr Oak tree. This massive oak tree is estimated to be over 200 years old and is one of the largest trees in Minnesota.

 
     
 

History

 
 

The Magelssen family donated land to the city of Rushford in 1972. The Vaagen family donated additional land in 2007.

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

City of Rushford Minnesota Trails and Outdoor Recreation Map

 
         
 

Size

 
 

120 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

“Access 1.5 miles of looping hiking trails from Winona Street in Rushford or drive to the top via Hwy 30 West to Magelssen Dr. for stunning views!”

Access road (Magelssen Dr.)
N43 48.500, W91 46.015

Park entrance
N43 48.692, W91 46.104

Parking lot (overlook)
N43 48.650, W91 45.548

Trailhead parking (W. Winona St.)
N43 48.841, W91 45.730

 
         
 

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Fees

 
 

No fee

 
         
 

Driving Directions

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          Fillmore County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

1.5 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    

Elba Slopes

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

 

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

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Magelssen Bluff Park entrance sign

 
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Magelssen Bluff Park inscribed rock donated by Rushford class of 1987

 
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Land donation plaque by the Highum Family

 
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W. Winona St. trailhead parking by Oak Grove Cemetery

 
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Oak Grove Cemetery gate

 
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Lookout area by the Stair Climber/Quarry Trail entrance

 
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Looking over the valley towards the southwest

 
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Looking out over the valley to the south

 
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Looking out over the valley to the southeast

 
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The over 200 years old Bur Oak on top of Magelssen Bluff

 
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The lookout near the Bur Oak

 
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The view from the lookout

 
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Another view from the lookout

 
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Picnic area near the Bur Oak

 
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Restrooms near the Bur Oak

 
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Quarry/Stair Climber trail signs

 
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Hikers going down the Stair Climber trail

 
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The Stair Climber Trail stairs

 
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The trail leading up to the quarry on the Quarry Trail

 
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Magelssen Bluff Park (7-26-2013) southwest overlook

 
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Magelssen Bluff Park (7-26-2013) southeast overlook

 

 

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Insects and Arachnids

 
 

black firefly (Lucidota atra)

confused eusarca (Eusarca confusaria)

harvestmen (Order Opiliones)

hickory hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorus)

pale green assassin bug (Zelus luridus)

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Plants

 
 

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

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Birds

 
 

Two bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

Four plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

Threatened

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

Special Concern

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. glabrescens)

purple cliff brake (Pellaea atropurpurea)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
         

 

 

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