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Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

1802 County Road 137, Waite Park, MN 56387-2071
+1 320-255-6172
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Unique walking and swimming park

A visit to this park is multifaceted: History of granite mining with actual displays of early 20th... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
Steven S
Cold Spring, Minnesota
Beautiful autumn hike

My husband and I enjoyed a few hours of nature and soaking in the colors of autumn. So beautiful... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Saint Michael, Minnesota
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1802 County Road 137, Waite Park, MN 56387-2071
+1 320-255-6172
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

A visit to this park is multifaceted: History of granite mining with actual displays of early 20th. century machinery, view deep quarries, see geology of the area, nature trails, clean swimming area with decks. Clean bathrooms and handicap accessible satellites along the way. Plenty of...More

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a few hours of nature and soaking in the colors of autumn. So beautiful!! We made our way around the park to see all of the quarries. Highly recommend a fall visit to the park! The lady at the check-in...More

Thank annie2873
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Went with 13 & 15 year old daughters. Make sure to bring floaties. There is no "beach" and pretty much you're in deep water. Went in Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Water was cool, but not too cold for a sunny warm day. It is...More

Thank Lesmn
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I live just a mile from the quarries and it is one of my favorite local hiking destinations. The paths are plenty and the nature is beautiful in the park. It's a great place to walk a dog, ride a sport bike, snow shoe, cross...More

1  Thank Dawn H
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This place is wonderful for all ages and most activity levels - some areas would be a challenge in a wheelchair or with a stroller. I can't wait to go back again! It is about an hour drive for us and I totally do not...More

1  Thank Abby R
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

$5 parking and all day fun! The kids had fun jumping off the cliffs into the deep quarry. By around 2pm, it got pretty busy 100+ people. But it was a great atmosphere with music, hammocks hanging in trees, and tons of tubes in the...More

Thank melissajK7520VY
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We live near Brainerd MN and I've always had friends who visited the quarries. Not quite sure why I never went until now, but I'm definitely glad I did. The views were gorgeous. The swimming areas were beautiful and very refreshing water! There was music...More

1  Thank Kaley B
Reviewed 26 May 2017

This is a nice park near Waite Park and St Cloud where one can go to have a sense of being out in the woods while still being close to civilization (but don't expect great cell phone signals! ;-) ) It is a lovely place...More

1  Thank G8683VWwendys
Reviewed 18 April 2017

First, I would be really weary of bringing anyone who isn't a very strong swimmer as the swimming holes are a hundred feet deep. However, floats are welcome, some college kids bring air mattresses even to lay on. Also, there are not any life guards,...More

3  Thank Theresa C
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The park is very pretty and breathtaking. There are so many different trails you can go on. It is quite big and you probably will not get to see the whole quarry in one visit. There are some places you can swim if you want....More

Thank Laura R
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Elaine R
6 August 2017|
Response from G8683VWwendys | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Elaine - According to the web site: "Pets are allowed within the park when attended and effectively restrained by leash, not longer than 6 feet. Pets are prohibited from buildings and swimming areas. Owners must clean up... More
Suzanne B
15 August 2016|
Response from amorace | Reviewed this property |
no.. it is a county park. No different than any other county park.
25 June 2016|
Response from NotAFoodSnobFromNY | Reviewed this property |
The Quarry 11 area include two grills on either end of an L-shaped shelter shading three tables plus three more picnic tables along the quarry's oak-and-aspen shaded rim.