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Visiting the Park

Indian Heights Park Map/Brochure (printable PDF)

List of Identified Species in the Park (printable PDF)

List of Identified Bird Species in the Park (printable PDF)

Directions to Park

Take Hwy 52 to Rochester. Take Exit 56C ("Elton Hills Drive"). Drive EAST 1.5 miles on Elton Hills Drive. Turn Right (SOUTH) on Viking Drive about one-fifth of a mile. At the T, turn Right (WEST) onto 19th St. NW. Take the first LEFT onto Terracewood Drive NW.

The address is 1800 Terracewood Drive NW, Rochester, MN

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If you are interested in keeping up to date with the latest goings on about the park, please feel free to email us at to join our mailing list

We look forward to keeping you informed and talking with you in person at neighborhood meetings.

About FOIH

Friends of Indian Heights is a group that is interested in preserving Indian Heights Park and Thompson Mill Race Park in Rochester, Minnesota so that they remain natural areas that we can all enjoy.

We also hope to foster a conversation about what we, as neighbors, can do to help maintain the current Park environment to keep one of Minnesota's few remaining Savanna areas thriving.

Indian Heights Park Area Wildlife

These are some of the many native species living in or near Indian Heights Park.   Where species were identified the identifier is listed (e.g., Jamie Edwards (DNR), Joel Dunnette (Audubon) and Jacob Ryg (City Forester)  

If a native species is mission from this list, please send the plant name and its location if possible to - – we would love to add it  the list.  

Bloodroot  (south side)
Bush Clover (near quarry)
Canada Goldenrod
Common Evening Primrose  (south side dry wooded area)
Dogwood (not sure what kind, seen near quarry)
False Solomon’s seal (near quarry)
Flowering spurge (south side) (JEdwards)
Hog Peanut (near quarry)
Horse Gentian Perfoliate
Jack in the pulpit (on north and west side)
Pointed Leaved Tick trefoil  (near quarry pink flowers in June)
Rattlesnake Fern
Rough fleabane 
Sawtooth Sunflower
Stiff Goldenrod
Sharp Lobed Hepatica (north side)
Showy Orchis
Skullcap (south bluff side)
Soloman’s Seal
Smartweed (sp?)
Sweet Joe Pye Weed  (south side - flowers in July)
Trailing Wild Bean  (near quarry)
White Baneberry
White Snakeroot
Wild Bean  
Wild Bergamont
Yellow Avens 


Bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Bur Oak (JRyg)
Choke-Cherry (Prunus virginiana) (JRyg)
Eastern Red Cedar -Juniperus virginiana
Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)
Red Oak
Smooth Sumac
Spreading Juniper -Juniperus communis)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)


Indian Grass
Side Oats grama (JEdwards)

Summer Grape
Virgin’s Bower

Summer Azure  (JDunnette)
Yellow Swallowtail