St Anthony Falls

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

St Anthony Falls

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Minnesota has a long and storied history with St. Anthony Falls, the only significant waterfall on the entire Mississippi River. Visitors to the falls today enjoy a double- decker treat—the falls and the gorgeous Stone Arch Bridge. When immense Glacial Lake Agassiz covered the land north of present-day Minneapolis, it created an equally impressive river from its southern outlet near Brown’s Valley. The River Warren created today’s Minnesota River Valley, and a huge waterfall formed on the river far to the south.

The falls were not a permanent part of the landscape, however, and migrated upstream as glacial drift eroded. As the falls ebbed farther up the river valley, they decreased in size and diminished to mere rapids. A much tamer waterfall formed, dubbed St. Anthony Falls by Father Louis Hennepin in 1680, who is said to be the first European to witness the falls."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
20 minutes
Views, Waterfalls
Mill Ruins Park, 130 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis 55401 (612) 313-7793,
Local Contacts
Minneapolis park maps; USGS Minneapolis
Local Maps

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Dec 2018