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William O'Brien State Park Guided Walk
Saturday, October 26

AVA Sanction ID #126686

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Group walk definitions

The Shufflers
This group will do
just one loop 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 1 —
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 Scooters 2 — This is a faster 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
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.


Start/finish: Visitor Center

Registration  at 9:30 a.m. Announcements at 9:45. Scooters 1 will leave at 10 am.;
Scooters 2 at 10:15 a.m.
Shufflers will walk 5km only so may register anytime up to 10:45 a.m.
and will leave to walk at 11 a.m. Watch for further details closer to event.

This is an outside event, so dress accordingly!

The Trail

Sanctioned for 10km.

One 5km loop will walk the Wedge Hill Savanna Trail and Beaver Lodge Trail,
south from the Visitor Center; primarily open and sunny; a few areas with gradual hills.
The other 5km loop wil walk by two campgrounds (Savanna and Wedge Hill Group Camp);
the Wetland Trail follows railroad and wetland; one area with 10% grade.

We ask that you print the registration sheet linked below,
fill it out and bring it to the event along with your payment.

Event Award


Woodchuck leather pin leather pin, $9; IVV event book credit, $4; walk only, $4.

Event Contacts

For more information call Julie Bjorklund, 612-868-9065.
For park information call 651-539-4980.

NSTT  Annual Meeting and Lunch

After the walk join us for a potluck lunch, our annual meeting and lots of door prizes!
Bring along a dish to share — appetizers, salads, casseroles, bread, desserts ... whatever ...
and your own beverage and chair.

NSTT provides the paper products and eating utensils.

Directions to the park

Minnesota 36 east to Manning Avenue, turn north to Minnesota 96.

At the roundabout take the first right onto MN 96 and go east to MN 95.

Turn left [north] to William O’Brien State Park just north of Marine on Saint Croix.

State Park Vehicle Permit

A state park vehicle permit is required when you enter any state park. Daily permits cost $7.
An annual permit can be purchased for $35 and entitles you to an unlimited number of visits to any and all Minnesota State Parks for 12 months after date of purchase. To order online go to

Marine on St. Croix Weather.



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