This is a guided walk with 3 different walking speed groups to allow for everyone to participate and enjoy the walk. Open to the public - good for walkers of all ages. Everyone is a winner! Non-competitive.
Registration site: Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (old depot) located at 312 Government St. Note that registration is NOT at the park but in the city of Taylors Falls.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Announcements at 9:45. The Scooters (see walk group definitions below) faster group will start at approximately 10 with the slower Scooters starting 5-10 minutes later. The Batsouttahell will start at approximately 10:15 and the Shufflers at 10:45 a.m. Note: Late arrivals will have to wait for the Scooters to return and join them on their second loop, or join the Shufflers 5km group.
Award: Wooly mammoth leather pin. The parks are at the end of the Ice Age Trail and the wooly mammoth represents the prehistoric animals that lived here.
Cost: Award, $8; IVV?event book credit, $3; walk only, $2. Pre-registration for award is recommended: deadline is September 30. Awards can be reordered with $1.50 additional charge for postage/packing. No refunds for no shows.
Trail details and rating: Two 5km loops, one on each side of the St. Croix River at MN and WI Interstate State Parks.
The Minnesota loop will begin on the flat railroad bed, will include about 100 steps going down, and returning on rougher, rocky trails with roots and stone steps along the river. Will include walking through the glacial pothole area. The Wisconsin loop will cross the St. Croix and follow the park road to the picnic area where the route will go to Summit Rock, overlook the river and see the Old Man of the Dalles rock formation. Then it crosses the road and follows an extinct riverbed of glacial meltwaters now filled with ferns, mosses and wildflowers. Unsurfaced; stone stairs; uneven terrain. Walking sticks and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
Group walk definitions
The Shufflers — This group will do just one loop for 5km and is the slow walking group that will stop at the top of hills to catch their breath, wait for pictures to be taken, and generally take their time and “smell the autumn leaves.”
The Scooters — This group will be divided into faster and slower groups leaving about 5 minutes apart. The group will move along at a pretty average pace. It will stop when group members feel a need and will definitely not be breaking any speed laws.
The Batsouttahell — This is the fast group who may stop to read a marker or take a picture, but basically are very fast walkers.
Walkers are encouraged to walk with the group most closely resembling their style and ability of walking. We want our group walks to be fun for everyone!
This is a guided walk and according to AVA policies, all walkers must walk in a group with a group leader. No exceptions can be made as walkers on their own could represent a liability to NSTT and AVA if they are injured on the trail.
Additional Date Information: Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Center and groups will begin going out from 10 a.m. and on. This is a guided walk and all walkers must walk in a group with a group leader.
The Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (old depot) is located one block uphill from the traffic signal in downtown Taylors Falls at the intersections of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 95. Parking is available at the site and additional parking is available across H