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Hidden Falls Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

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  4.3 from 8 votes
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#20

in Minnesota

#2,300

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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

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Nov 28, 2020
Jamie Boespflug
Aug 9, 2020
Emily Olson
Jun 1, 2019
Olivia Wilkins
May 26, 2019
Matt H
Jul 1, 2018
Abraham Padilla
1mi — 0h 21m
Sep 17, 2017
Austin Lynch
Jun 30, 2017
Mackenzie Turner
very quiet, not many people on the trail If more time is available, there's a variety of other hikes in the park that connect up to hidden falls
May 21, 2017
Matt Dodge