Take a break and explore Chisago Lakes. As the “Village on the River”, Taylors Falls is part of the chain of five small towns that make up Chisago Lakes. Nestled along Highway 8, these small towns work together as one community, yet are uniquely their own.
Begin the three-mile descent into Taylor’s Falls and notice the large scale rock walls bordering one side of the highway, while expansive forest views appear on the other. As you drive into the St. Croix Valley and the town of Taylors Falls, watch for rock climbers scaling the cliffs along the river or hikers exploring the glacial potholes at Minnesota Interstate State Park.
The massive tree canopy, boasting brilliant colors in the fall, enfolds itself over the winding road as you continue your descent towards the town and get your first glimpse of the St. Croix River. Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1968 by Congress, the river has always been pivotal to this community. The area’s first immigrants traveled here via that river, later loggers took advantage of the flowing waters to drive milled logs downstream, and today it serves as a recreation mecca for fishing, canoeing/kayaking and paddleboat excursions.
This enchanting river town could easily be the backdrop for a Hallmark Channel movie. Eat dinner at the old-fashioned drive-in and then test your skill at mini golf. Explore the town’s historic Angel Hill District including the Folsom House, a restored 1850’s home from the hey-day of the lumber era. Enjoy an ice-cream cone from the malt shop. Relax in the cupola of a Victorian home turned coffee shop and sip your favorite drink. Experience a small-town Christmas festival with Santa and his helpers. Join in the fun during Wannigan days, the area’s summer festival.
Just outside of town, venture northward and enjoy the scenic drive to Wild Mountain Recreation for some year round outdoor fun or kick back, listen to music and enjoy a glass of wine at Wild Mountain Winery.
Scenic views, recreation, and family traditions . . . It’s all Yours to Explore in Chisago Lakes.