This time of year, everyone’s trying to find fall colors. Some just want to drive by, viewing from their car window. Others prefer to lace up the hiking boots and explore. If hiking is your preference, there are some great options in MN. A fall hike near Winona, means several options. One option is Garvin Heights Park, which provides a scenic overlook. Directions can be found here.
Garvin Heights Park
A park literally above the rest
Follow the winding mile-and-a-half road up the bluff side, and immerse yourself in rich oak savanna atop Garvin Heights scenic overlook. A flight of stairs as well as a dirt path run along the bluffs edge, from the lookout to the valley below.
Bring your hiking boots and explore the restored goat prairie while you take in sweeping views of our island city, or boost your cardio with a hike to the bottom of the bluff on a winding, maintained trail.
High altitude feast
If you have a hankering for a snack while taking in the sights and sounds of Winona from the best seat in the house, stop up at Garvin Heights for an unforgettable picnic. Picnic tables and trash bins are available to help keep the heights in pristine condition, and hiking trails lead to sky-high perches along the ledges of the bluff.
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Kristi is married with twin girls in high school. She grew up on a small dairy farm, but now lives in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. She enjoys finding free or thrifty things to do whether they are outings close to home or last minute adventures to far-away places.
Kristi can also be found enjoying estate sales, attempting to garden, volunteering in the wetlands or a favorite thrift store, or maybe just enjoying a good play in one of the many theatre venues in the area.