Minnehaha Falls

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Driving into Minneapolis, you’d never guess that a valuable gem lies hidden deep within the city’s maze of freeways and city streets. Unscathed by surrounding development, Minnehaha Creek winds lazily through the city on its way to the Mississippi River.

As you hike along the creek—which is surrounded by oak savannas, streams, springs, and marshes—it’s easy to imagine yourself far away from city life. This historic hike gives you an idea of what Minneapolis must have looked like during pre-settlement days and later when hundreds of visitors traveled by rail to see these popular falls."

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"If you’re a fan of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poetry, or simply interested in 19th-century Americana in general, then a stop at Minnehaha Falls is an absolute must. The falls, which share the name of Longfellow’s tragically fated heroine and translate from the Dakota to mean “laughing waters,” were a major tourist attraction long before the area was designated as parkland in 1883. In the spring and summer, visitors are treated to picturesque waterfalls cascading over a tree-lined chasm and into Minnehaha Creek below; in the wintertime, the falls are frozen into glistening blue, white, and green gigantic icicles. They’re probably not the tallest waterfalls you’ll ever see, but they are unique in their surroundings—an exquisite park with waterfalls, wildflowers, sandstone cliffs, and big, open wilderness spaces, all located in the heart of a busy metropolis."

Minnehaha Falls Reviews

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Right here in the middle of the city there are beautiful waterfalls! It is a very cool place to walk or bike around.
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I love this trail! I suggest hiking on a weekday or early on a weekend. We like hiking the trail around 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning, as there are less people, and the morning light glistens on the waterfall and creek, often providing a rainbow around the falls.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Year-round, sunrise to sunset
815 feet
Trailhead Elevation
815 feet
Top Elevation
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minneapolis, MN; (612) 230-6400 or (612) 722-2220 for Stevens House informa- tion, or visit www.minneapolisparks.org
Local Contacts
USGS St. Paul West
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018