Explore the most popular birding trails near Minneapolis with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Pretty views, but extremely busy at times.

My kid and I loved it.

The only downside for me is how crowded it gets. Visit Father Hennepin Bluff park on the north side of the bridge.

It's so pleasant to hear the rushing water while you're walking!

Nice short loop.

We love Wood Lake! The boardwalk is a highlight, as are the great horned owl who live in the park. Very easy walking trails, but awesome to have access to in the city.

walking
4 months ago

This is an easy loop for sure. It's great when there's lots of water in Minnehaha creek as the falls are impressive then. I've only seen it then in photos, not in person. You walk to the end where the confluence of the creek meets the mighty Mississippi. The day I was there the flow was pretty low over the falls. But it was a nice walk in the fall and worth doing.

Love this park! lots of paved and grassy trails to use!

You ride along Minnehaha Creek,it’s very pretty.

Very easy going and the view of the water was calming

hiking
7 months ago

Kids (5, 8, 13) loved this trail! Not too hard for the little guys, but long enough to wear them out ;) Well-maintained, lots of benches for resting, trash cans along the trail.

Great park, only downside is they don't allow dogs on leashes! I most likely won't go back because I walk with my dog and can't bring her. So unfortunate because it's such a beautiful walk.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice trail w/ falls, creek along the trail & you hear sound of gushing waters, went on a hot & humid day & saw lots of children dipping in d creek having fun overall it's a good experience w/ family the only thing is it's crowded esp if it's good weather .

hiking
10 months ago

Great place to spend an afternoon. The water has fish that come right up to the foot boardwalks, and there is plenty of different vegetation throughout the park. No dogs are allowed which is a shame BUT they want to cause as little change in the natural ecosystem as possible, so please do respect that rule.

I would also recommend bringing a lot of bug spray and shoes that you don't care much about aesthetically - the trails can be a bit mucky depending on the time of year.

Overall, it's a lovely place and is located right in Richfield so if you're local, you don't have a long ways to go.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy and beautiful

hiking
10 months ago

This is one of my favorites to do with or without kids. It's an easy loop with lots of views of the creek and eventually the Mississippi. The only downside is it's often crowded. But worth the walk anyway. Falls are beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

I love this trail. You get river shore, waterfalls, a restaurant, historical sites - it literally has everything. If you're tempted to turn around at the gum tree, don't! Only downfall of this park is how popular it is at ALL times of the day and week/weekend.

walking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

A good place to get out. Good trails and clearly marked maps on trails. Lots of different ways you can take and switch up your rout.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Great escape from the city-life. Lots of dog watching. But can get very crowded.

Beautiful location. Lots of trails (paved and unpaved)

Monday, March 27, 2017

I absolutely love this trail... it does get crowded sometimes, but with a 50 foot waterfall heading the trail, it is definitely a good visit. I bring visiting family here all the time.

walking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

my family enjoyed the early morning walk.

on Minnehaha Creek Trail

walking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Crowded with a bunch of hooligan teenagers.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Great hiking trail for walking or running possibly an eagle sighting, clean and open, best time to go is in the fall or winter and if you go during the winter, you can walk behind the waterfall, definitely worth the time.

on Minnehaha Creek Trail

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Really great Trail in which the river leads you to the Mississippi River. Really forresty and green. All flat Trail.

walking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Beautiful, secluded, wooded trail in the heart of the city. Very light traffic; I felt like I had the whole place to myself.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice sandy gravel trails. Sign says no dogs though. :(

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