About Quarry Hill

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Deer browsing in the meadow
View of the pond from the small prairie on the south edge
The skyline of downtown Rochester from the west hill above the cave
Gated entrance to the historic sandstone cave

About Quarry Hill

The 320-acre park features paved and hiking trails, a pond, and a historical man-made sandstone cave. In the winter months, cross country skis and snowshoes are available for rent to use in the park.

Year-round classes, day camps, trips, and activities are offered by Nature Center staff. Please visit the Programs & Events section for more information.

Quarry Hill Offers:

  • 2 acre fishing pond. Adults (16 & over) must have a fishing license to fish on the pond. Youth (MN residents) may fish without a fishing license. We ask that all fish should be returned to the pond. Frogs and turtles also should be left in the pond. Quarry Hill does not rent out equipment or sell bait. For more information about MN fishing regulations, please visit the MN DNR web site (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/index.html).
  • Excellent fossil beds in prehistoric limestone quarry. To view a fossil guide (PDF), plese click here.
  • Historic sandstone caves. For tour information, please visit the Public Programs page and look under Sunday Family programs or click here.
  • A pavilion is located next to Quarry Hill Nature Center. This pavilion is available to be reserved by groups. Call the Quarry Hill Nature Center Office at 328-3950 for more information.
  • At the 9th Street entrance (non-Nature Center entrance) of Quarry Hill Park, recreational facilities including a baseball diamond, tennis courts, playground, and picnic shelter are available. To reserve use of the 9th Street entrance picnic shelter, please call the Park Department at 328-2525.
  • A paved bike path linking the Nature Center to downtown and the City Bike trail system. For a map of the city bike trails, please visit city of Rochester web page at: http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/trails/index.asp
  • A 20 acre restored Oak Savanna.
  • A demonstration Butterfly Garden


Quarry Hill Nature Center is located in northeast Rochester on Silver Creek Road off East Circle Drive. The Nature Center is also accessible by paved biking trails in the Rochester Trail System.