Midwestern’s long for the days when the snow begins to melt, the Bluebells begin to bloom, and we break out the tents for what seems like a short-lived camping season.
With the recent influx in gas prices, campers are now looking for destination getaways that are located with an hour or two of the Twin Cities. The good news is the St. Croix Valley has always been a hot destination area and now there is even more camping nearby with the opening of camping and glamping at Big Rock Creek.
Recently, we had a guest come stay in one of our glamping yurts and shared their time with us!
Our experience at Big Rock Creek was nothing short but spectacular. From the reservation process to arrival, everything ran smoothly. We have always had to spend so much time packing up the car, grabbing the tents, air mattresses, water containers, that it felt like we were moving our entire house. Our first-time glamping at Big Rock Creek, was great.
Our 45-minute drive through the cute small towns of Lindstrom, Chisago, Taylors Falls, and all those in between were beautiful and traffic was minimal. We even passed by a really neat sculpture garden on our way called Franconia Sculpture Park. We look forward to stopping there on our next trip to Big Rock Creek.
We were able to pick up some great food from a local grocery store in town and cooked right over the Solo stoves that were conveniently located at our campsite. (We recommend the brats and gouda bacon potato salad from MarketPlace Foods grocery store in St. Croix Falls). We brought our own tripod to cook over the Solo Stove but a good camping stove or roasting stick would have worked too!
The bed and furniture in the yurts were so amazing and comfortable and cute. They even had little twinkle lights that created a magical experience in the evening. We enjoyed the views of the 100-year-old timber barn and a surprise to us there was a prom! After being married for years my husband and I attended a prom! One thing that was nice, is although we can see the event, we were not disrupted by the event itself but instead were teased by the smell of the hot mini donuts from their food truck!
After we carried in our suitcases, we had an entire evening to just sit and relax. We rented one of the electric rangers and took a nice drive around the property. There is a fresh water spigot on the property where we filled our water jug. It was so refreshing, we had to fill up again before we left! It was some of the best spring water I have tasted. On our drive we caught glimpse of a bald eagle, swans, ducks, and even a couple of deer!
Later that evening, we were able to take a hike around the property. We enjoyed the sounds of the dam and the rushing water and the views of the fountain in their lake. We were intrigued to read the history of Big Rock Creek on their website and were pleased to find out that this lake also used to be a fish hatchery at one point! It is definitely something to check out. Also fun fact, this property used to be in the same family for over 100 years! There is SO MUCH history at Big Rock Creek.
It was absolutely stunning. We were hoping to do some trout fishing, but the time simply got away from us. We will save that and kayaking for our next trip out. We would like to thank Big Rock Creek for truly giving us a wonderful experience! See you soon!