Hidden Falls, Minnesota

Hidden Falls in mid-October 2011

I arrived in Minneapolis yesterday, and have been exploring the area. It must be pretty dry around the area currently, as a number of the waterfalls I’ve visited have had very low flow. Oh well, it was a very enjoyable day, so I can’t complain too much.

Hidden Falls is the first waterfall I visited in the area. I didn’t have much difficulty getting to Hidden Falls Park, but I did have a bit of difficulty finding the falls themselves. There’s no sign that clearly directs you to the falls. One set of directions I read about afterwards would have led me in a different direction that I expected. Once I found the falls, they reminded me of other areas where the falls have a lot of remnants of human touches. The falls in the area are much more urbanized than the Minnesota waterfalls along the North Shore.


  1. The entrance to Hidden Falls Park is directly off of Magoffin Avenue.
  2. As you enter the park, you’ll head downhill for a distance.  Park at the first parking area you see.  There are other parking areas that lead you to the Mississippi River.
  3. You’ll know you’re in the right place if you see a set of three or four buildings/”gazebos”.
  4. The most obvious trail does not lead you to the falls.  Instead, the trail to the falls is hidden behind those buildings, and there is no sign indicating the trail to the falls.
  5. Walk behind the buildings, and you should see a wide trail leading to the falls.  There should be a lot of rock walls as you head toward the falls.

Accessiblity: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Hidden Falls?


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