Approximately 4 miles south of Plainview on Wabasha County Road 4, the Carley State Park includes a one-mile self-guided trail and a five-mile trail that crisscross the north branch of the Whitewater River numerous times.
Beauty and quiet, that is the essence of Carley State Park. In the spring, delicate bluebells (Mertensia virginica), and other wildflowers carpet the valley with a profusion of color. Hike along the trail that follows the Whitewater River and take in the grand old white pines. Listen for the sweet song of orioles, song sparrows, house wrens, and indigo buntings. Enjoy the picnic area, play on the swings or practice softball. Try your hand at horseshoes or sit back and see a red-tailed hawk ride thermals in the sky. The north branch of the Whitewater River is a designated trout stream and provides habitat for brown trout. Rustic campsites are located near the picnic area.
Open 365 days….breakfast, lunch, dinner…full bar…have a BIG Banquet hall for wedding receptions, benefits, or banquets that can seat up to 600 people
Located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74, the Whitewater State Park includes a Beach Trail and Meadow Trail (one-mile long, handicapped accessible), Trout Run Creek Trail (two-mile long self-guided trail that provides an easy walk through a wooded valley) and 10 miles of trails that are a combination of easy, moderate and challenging trails that take you from bottom land along the river to the bluffs and valley overlooks.