Enjoy a Picnic at one of Stillwater’s many parks! Here is a list of parks that are perfect to enjoy an afternoon or evening with your sweetheart, along with descriptions.
Lowell Park is located right in downtown Stillwater. The Park extends to the north and south of the Stillwater Bridge, providing a lovely view of the river and the historic lift bridge. It is perfect for those who want to picnic and then have a nice stroll alongside the river, or visit a few of the local shops.
Situated high on a bluff, Pioneer Park is a wonderful place to sit on a park bench and gaze down upon the beautiful city of Stillwater and the St. Croix River. The fabulous view makes for a very romantic picnic in the afternoon or evening.
Washington Square Park
A quaint little park on a slightly busier street corner, Washington Square Park features sparklingly new white pavilions and a nicely manicured lawn. For those who don’t want to venture to far, the park is only about five minutes away from Rivertown Inn.
Pine Point Park
Pine Point is a peaceful nature area with pine forests, lakes, and marshes. This park contains five miles of multi-use trails perfect for biking, bird watching, and hiking. It also serves as one of the major trailheads to the State of Minnesota’s Gateway Trail.
Square Lake Park
Square Lake is designated as a Regional ‘Special Recreation Feature’ by the Metropolitan Council, because of Square Lake’s outstanding water quality. The lake has some of the clearest waters in Minnesota, and draws scuba divers and swimmers from throughout the region. *Alcohol is not allowed anywhere at Square Lake Park.
William O’Brien State Park
A great “get away” park only twenty minutes from Stillwater, William O’Brien provides a beautiful setting for quality recreation along the banks of the St. Croix River. Hiking trails offer quiet exploration of the park’s rolling, wooded hills. *Also features Lake Alice for those who want a beach-side picnic.
Afton State Park
Grand oaks and delicate prairie flowers grace the rugged, rolling landscape of this park. Trails traverse remnant and restored prairies, wind down deep ravines, and rise up to the grassy ridge tops and bluffs overlooking the scenic St. Croix River. The rugged terrain affords spectacular views of the river valley. *The trails are perfect for hikers, and the park also offers visitors a swimming beach.