Valley View Park

Oak Park Heights, MN

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 

 
     
 

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City of Oak Park Heights

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

An 8-acre prairie restoration was begun in 1998. It is 280 yards directly east of the parking lot as the crow flies, 0.36 miles by trail.

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

2021 Park and Trail Guide

 
         
 

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Size

 
 

57 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

5425 North Osgood Avenue
Oak Park Heights, MN 55082

N45 1.655, W92 48.430

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

…open to all from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. October 1st through April 30th and 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. May 1st to September 30th

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

 
         
 

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Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

A 3.2-mile single-track mountain bike trail snakes through the park. The paved Valley View walking trail also passes through the park.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines

   
  Land Type Association    

Stillwater Alluvial Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

None or not mapped (10/1/2021)

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

Natural Features

     
 

prairie restoration

wetlands

 

 

 

 

 

           
 
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  Valley View Park - Mountain Bike trail
Jeffrey Goetzke
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 21, 2017

Decided to video the new trail in Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights.

   

 

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Bacteria, Viruses, and Other Pathogens

 
  apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)   Pst  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Special Concern

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

 

Black-capped Chickadee

Northern Cardinal

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
  Oat Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae)   Oat Crown Rust  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

common spring moth (Heliomata cycladata)

western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes)

     
 

Mammals

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

  plains pocket gopher  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Endangered

wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

Special Concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

 
 

 

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

birdfoot violet (Viola pedata)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

lily-leaved twayblade (Liparis liliifolia)

meadow garlic (Allium canadense var. canadense)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie crabapple (Malus ioensis)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Scribner’s panic grass (Dichanthelium oligosanthes ssp. scribnerianum)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

touch-me-not (Impatiens spp.)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

yellowish gentian (Gentiana alba)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium canadense var. canadense (meadow garlic)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Baptisia alba var. macrophylla (white wild indigo)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Dichanthelium oligosanthes ssp. scribnerianum (Scribner’s panic grass)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Gentiana alba (yellowish gentian)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)

Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Liparis liliifolia (lily-leaved twayblade)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Malus ioensis (prairie crabapple)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenium integrifolium (wild quinine)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex acetosella (common sheep sorrel)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium laciniatum (compass plant)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio spiderwort)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (hairy vetch)

Viola pedata (birdfoot violet)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

 

amur maple

bird’s-foot trefoil

birdfoot violet

black raspberry

bracted spiderwort

Canadian tick-trefoil

common strawberry

common yarrow

flowering spurge

fragrant bedstraw

harebell

heart-leaved golden alexanders

leadplant

meadow garlic

oxeye daisy

prairie crabapple

prairie violet

purple prairie clover

rattlesnake master

sulphur cinquefoil

showy goldenrod (var. speciosa)

white prairie clover

wild bergamot

wild geranium

 

 

 

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