Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area

The island-dotted Mississippi River flows past forested banks and into the distance.


This area represents one of the largest relatively undisturbed natural areas left in the Twin Cities metro area. The goat prairie at the top of the bluff offers some of the best views of the wild Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area. It is also one of the more remote areas within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.


A partnership of government and non-government agencies and organizations cooperated in preserving this property in its natural state. Since 1991, volunteers have removed invasive species and replanted using prairie grasses and forbs to restore this area to a more natural system.

Pine Bend Bluff provides spectacular views of the Mississippi River from bluffs overlooking the river valley. The park consists of savanna, oak forest, and dry prairie. Native grasses and forbs, including spring flowers, are also attractions. Pine Bluff SNA is 256 acres in size.


Since this is a state scientific and natural area, low-impact only activities are allowed. Hiking, nature study, bird watching, and photography opportunities abound.

Hours, Directions, and Contact Information

  • 3599-3501 111th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
  • GPS: 44.787919, -93.029200
  • Parking, restrooms, Mississippi River Trail access, a bike repair station, picnic tables, and water is available at the above address and GPS coordinates.
  • The trail to the hilltop prairie and overlook is near the parking area. Watch for the sign welcoming you to Pine Bend Bluff SNA. This will lead behind a neighbor's barn (which& will be on your left) and through the woods to beautiful bluff top views of the Mississippi River from the ridge's goat prairies.
  • See the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for more information on this parcel and to obtain information about visiting Scientific and Natural Areas.

Nearby Sites

Spring Lake Park Preserve

Last updated: February 28, 2020

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.

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