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Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul

1313 Hidden Falls Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55116, United States
City of St Paul parks are open from sunrises until 11pm unless otherwise posted.

It's not as splashy and well-known as Minnehaha Falls, its close neighbor across the river, but the Hidden Falls in St. Paul have their own charm. Take a short hike through the woods to find the secret, spring-fed waterfall that hides just below Mississippi River Blvd. There is plenty of grassy space and areas to picnic in Hidden Falls Regional Park, plus you can get down close to the river on a quiet sandy beach. It is a great park to visit for a low key family fun day.

Hidden Falls Regional Park, St Paul

Annual Events at Hidden Falls

Besides being a great place for family picnics, this park is the site of annual events like National Public Lands Day and the Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza by BareBones Productions. Each year, this FREE family friendly pageant turns the celebration of Halloween into a community art event without a commercial focus.

Image Courtesy of BareBones Productions

Watch for Goats at Hidden Falls Regional Park

During summer months, the St. Paul goats rotate between Hidden Falls, Indian Mounds Park and Crosby Regional Park to help control invasive buckthorn. This program has been such a success that several other municipalities have followed suit. The Great River Passage website keeps an updated page with the location of the goats each summer. 

Coming Improvements to Hidden Falls Regional ParkComing Improvements to Hidden Falls Regional Park

The City of St. Paul has recently completed the Park Master Plan, which will guide park improvements, natural resources management, and make recommendations for changes within or adjacent to the park. Some of the upcoming improvements will be to add a nature play area and more restrooms, upgrade the utilities for cultural events like the Halloween Spectacular, to protect and restore natural resources, and to improve the trails (walking, skiing & biking) and connect them to other trails. They may add a river learning center. They are also considering a pump track for bicycles, but this idea isn't even ranked, so don't hold your breath.

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