Getting Outside & Active

April 1, 2019

As spring is approaching, so are outdoor activities. Barn Bluff is one of the top tourist attractions in Red Wing, especially in the warmer months.

Barn Bluff Trail overlooks the pretty downtown area and towers about 400 feet above the Mississippi River. There is also an extensive view of Lake Pepin to the south.

The bluff was historically used as a limestone quarry for about 40 years making it a significant source of building materials for the city and surrounding areas as far as the Twin Cities. In 1910 the land was donated to the city as a park. Later on, the former G.A. Carlson Lime Kiln was placed on The National Register of Historic Places on September 27, 1976.

Barn Bluff is filled with as much history as it is of gorgeous views and trails. If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors as the temperatures are rising, consider a hike along the scenic Barn Bluff.