Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Beautiful, relaxing

This is a fun place to go viewing with friends and family members. If you go on the trail below the falls, there is a nice trail with wooden walkways over the marshy parts. The trail is quite easy, but the rolling falls and the river is beautiful for the entire hike.

Great Trail! Recommend to ware decent shoes as some area's are a bit ruff due to rain.

hiking
14 days ago

Wonderful trail with many amazing ohhh-ahhh moments along the way.

Love it! Beautiful!

mountain biking
22 days ago

the trail is good, but very poorly marked. it becomes difficult to navigate around the loop

Beautiful park with easy trails. Usually overcrowded on weekends.

Flat hike with good wildlife viewing. Saw family of mallard ducks, family of Canada geese, redwinged blackbirds, egrets, a beaver, and a deer. Interesting floating boardwalk over wetland. Location is very suburban: surrounded by interstate and apartments with an airport nearby. Overall, a nice easy hike, but no quiet and solitude.

The trail is beautiful and very green. It smells very fresh and the river that goes along the trail adds a very nice aesthetic affect. There are many places to take photos. There is a park prior to the trial that is very big and offers a great place to have a picnic. All in all, very highly recommend.

The steps are all still blocked off, so we only walked around the upper area. It's a beautiful scene though!

Very busy, but a nice easy hike with some good views.

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
6 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
9 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
11 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
11 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
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Easy and beautiful

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

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.

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