Blue Mounds State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
Thunderstorms rumble eastward from South Dakota in sinister blue-black formations that darken the sky for miles. At sunset, the mile-long, 100-foot-tall cliff looks blue, which inspired the westbound pioneers to name this prairie landmark Blue Mounds. Blue Mounds State Park is located 4 miles north of Luverne on Highway 75 in Minnesota’s Rock County.
A two-mile paved bike path connects to nearby Luverne via the three-mile paved Blue Mounds trail.