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

Fun, quick, scenic

Love this place! Had a great time with my kid here. Be a responsible parent and watch your children. There are some dangerous places a child could end up if not supervised. Well kept trails, and very beautiful scenery. Highly recommend!

This was an awesome hike for winter, if you walked inside the actual gorge. The river is mostly frozen over and provides a completely different kind of hike. It wasn’t a hard hike, but wasn’t for the faint of heart as sometimes as you could see the water flowing under the ice. Wearing ice cleats helped a lot too.

3 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.

Beautiful scenery, great for an easy day out or taking the family somewhere!

It was a cold day for me but it's a easy walk. Great views of the structures and a waterfall. Grab a little brochure that tells you a bit about each stop. Great for historical learning.

Easy hike, interesting geology and history. Didn’t spend a whole lot of time as it was 13 degree wind chill!

4 months ago

Easy tar trail to stair case. The trail to the falls is a little congested and slippery but well worth the 1/4 mile to the landing of the falls.

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

4 months ago

Just finished the loop this past weekend for 4 days,3 nights. Went with the same 2 guys as before. Could easily have made it 2 nights (hike out the last day instead of staying right near the fork). The trail was in excellent condition. I had a Fenix 5x gps watch and map/compass. Note the devils cascade site was occupied by canoers, something I'm guessing happens quite a bit.

Nice hike, the portion south of the road was pretty wet yesterday.

Very easy going and the view of the water was calming

5 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.

Very good park, very good trail. I love the waterfall after heavy rains. Fall is a great time to go here.

The Trout Creek bridge on the west side of the Cascade River is out and the creek can't be crossed due to recent heavy rain. As a result, west side of this loop trail is currently inaccessible.

Very beautiful trail. There is a fee of $7 per person.

easy hike with the kids

Great little trail with beautiful views. Get there early to avoid crowds. I arrived around 9 am on a Saturday and didn’t have trouble. When I was leaving the park was packed full!

6 months ago

Fun to do once! Long but not overly challenging. Most of the trail was SUPER muddy when we went.

Easy and beautiful. I need to bring my Chacos next time, definitely wished I could have hiked in the gorge/river.

Great day hike, many small trails to make it as short or long as you want. After hiking most of the quiet park, my pup and I hiked up the stream from the falls a few miles and that was my favorite part. I went barefoot, but next time I will bring my Chacos - it was pretty rocky :)

Mowed prairie grass trail with a small "cascading" waterfall about half way through. Was led by a cute black and white Australian shepherd farm dog. Don't expect a lot but perhaps bring a journal and stop and enjoy the solitude for a moment.

on Middle Falls

7 months ago

The middle falls trail is roughly 5 miles long roundtrip. It's not easy by any means, and not meant for the casual hiker - small children will not do well on this hike. Hiking shoes are recommended. You will get muddy. We saw a family with 3 small kids, all in flip flops turn around after struggling to make it through. It's a lot of uphill/downhill rugged terrain through the forest; much of which is walking through tree roots, rocks and a lot of mud. It's probably one of the most rewarding hikes with the beautiful, intimate forest setting. Great deer viewing.

This offers different hikes of varying length so you can choose your own adventure. Don't forget mosquito repellent!

Popular hike that passes 5 river waterfalls. On the harder side of easy due to large number of steps. Interpretive signs help explain the North Shore's long geological history. Overall, a good introduction to North Shore hiking.

Nice loop or you can shuttle if you want to go one way only. Beautiful trail along the river.

Nice trail, with some cool areas around the river.

Awesome hike. Lucked out on a great day. Highly recommend.

easy to follow, good for any age, waterfall was nice at the end.

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