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Overlooking the Mississippi River, hikers and travelers alike have used this monument as a reference and destination spot.

Quick hike is worth it for a view from the bluff

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Towering more than 330 feet above downtown on the banks of the Mississippi River, Barn Bluff has been a part of Red Wing's story for centuries.

Hikers can ascend the bluff in a strenuous but fairly brief walk using the steps. Climbers also have discovered Barn Bluff in recent years.

Ten thousand years ago, the bluff was an island during the massive outflow of the five-mile-wide glacial River Warren, which carved much of today's Upper Mississippi Valley.

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