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green Minnemishinona Falls Scenic Overlook Path

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0.1 mile 0.2 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 845' 258 m
Low: 834' 254 m

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Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Take this short, wayside trail to see one of Southern Minnesota's tallest waterfalls.

Sarah Houle

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Need to Know

There is a small gravel parking lot on the site along with a picnic area. Several picnic tables and fire pits are available in the grassy area nearby and there is an observation deck. A kiosk is set near the parking lot and has some interesting park information to read.

There is sometimes a portable toilet on site, but that may be seasonal.

Description

This little gem of Southern Minnesota features a wonderful view of a narrow, 42 foot waterfall. A very nice pedestrian bridge was build over the gorge created by the falls. There isn't much to this short path, but it is fairly well maintained and worth the stop. The path is paved and the iron trestle bridge is wood beams. The real features of this area are the views of Minnemishinona Falls and the gorge that winds to the Minnesota River. The ice formations created by the waterfall in winter can often be pretty spectacular.

Minnemishinona Falls was acquired in 2005, and was developed and opened to the public for the first time in 2007. Prior to 2005, the falls were privately owned. When the land went up for sale, Nicollet County stepped in to acquire the land and develop it for public use.

Flora & Fauna

Eagles and hawks can sometimes be seen soaring over the Minnesota River valley from here.

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