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Blue Mounds State Park, located four miles north of Luverne, is one of the largest prairie parks in Minnesota. The park's approximately 1,500 acres of prairie and grassland preserves a wide array of rare and common plants and wildlife. A bison herd grazes peacefully on a portion of this prairie. Most of the park's prairie sits atop a massive outcrop of rock known as Sioux quartzite. The rock outcrop slopes gently up from the surrounding countryside but terminates abruptly in a spectacular cliff line. The cliff, one and one-half miles long and at some points 90 feet in height, provides a panoramic view of the countryside and is also used by a number of rock climbers from throughout the Midwest. Miles of hiking and cross country skiing trails take you along the cliffs, around the park's two lakes, into the oak woods, and through the prairie. Here you can experience tall grasses and colorful wildflowers swaying in the wind or witness the power and color of a summer prairie thunderstorm rolling in from the west. Beautiful campgrounds, beach, lakes, walking trails, nature programs and much more await visitors to this beautiful park. Blue Mounds State Park features 73 semi-modern campsites, 40 with electrical hookups. There are also a primitive camping area and a swimming beach. There are 13 miles of hiking trails and opportunities for fishing and canoeing. Daily and annual passes are available. Call 507-283-1307 to reserve a camping site.