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A short trail leads through the Big Woods to a fantastic hidden waterfall.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.5

KM

Out and Back

1,211' 369 m

High

1,112' 339 m

Low

98' 30 m

Up

100' 30 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

The Hidden Falls Trail brings you through a hardwood forest rife with endangered wildflowers to a hidden waterfall nestled amongst the tall trees.

Description

Hidden Falls Trail begins at the picnic area and leads you through the "Big Woods", a hardwood forest ecoregion. You'll cross a boardwalk over a sensitive area where the endangered Minnesota dwarf trout lily grows. At the end, you'll see Hidden Falls, a graceful 20-foot waterfall hidden in the Big Woods!

While this is a very popular hike in the park, head out and explore the other area trails if you've got more steam! Nerstrand Big Woods State Park has a whole host of trails to offer, each with their own character.

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Shared By:

Kevin Killingbeck

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Along the Hidden Falls Trail, enjoy a graceful, creek-fed waterfall hidden in the Big Woods.
Mar 15, 2017 near Dundas, MN
This is a great trail with a awesome falls, we had a great time
May 5, 2019 near Nerstrand, MN
Crossing bars near Hidden Falls provide easy access to the other side of Prairie Creek.
Mar 15, 2017 near Dundas, MN
Hidden Falls on a brilliantly sunny day in winter.
Feb 13, 2023 near Nerstrand, MN
Close-up of Hidden Falls in winter
Feb 13, 2023 near Nerstrand, MN
Hidden Falls in winter.
Feb 13, 2023 near Nerstrand, MN

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