Quarry Park & Nature Preserve

For about 90 years starting in 1863 this land was an actual granite quarry. Much of the granite used in Minnesota’s significant architecture came from this area. Between the 1950’s and 1990’s the land gradually returned to a natural state. It became a Sterns County Park open to the public in 1998. Read more at Sterns County Parks.

Oct 3, 2021 was the date of this walk. The leaves were just starting to turn. It was a sunny day without a cloud in the sky.

This park is close to shopping areas of St. Cloud, Minnesota. The other visitors represented a variety of cultural and economic groups. That was a pleasant surprise. In recent months I have noticed many more people of color out enjoying nature and I am glad of that! We all need nature!

Have you been to this park? What thought can you add in the comments?

2 responses to “Quarry Park & Nature Preserve”

  1. Nearly 20 years ago I visited this park on an unseasonably hot Spring day with friends during my first year at SCSU. It was nice to cool off as our dorm rooms were not air conditioned. I recall relaxing and sharing great conversations with friends, I feel like there is more vegetation there now.

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    1. Thanks for adding your memory of this place, Katie. It is interesting to think about all the conversations that have happened in a specific place over time.


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