Up to this point in the series, we have just covered hiking trails in the greater Kansas City area. Since I had a chance to visit Iowa and Minnesota on vacation, I wanted to include some of the marvelous trails I discovered there.
As the name implies, Minnehaha Falls Park definitely has a waterfall. The falls feature a drop of over fifty feet as the water moves from a series of lakes through a series of lakes down the Minnehaha Creek and onward to the Mississippi River.
The Minnehaha Falls trail runs in a circular path along the creek until it meets the Mississippi then there is a bridge that crosses the water and winds along the other side of the Minnehaha back to the trailhead. Several stone bridges that cross the stream along the path, so it is easy to cut the trip short and head back.
The Minnehaha Creek Trail Pros: A stunning slice of nature in the middle of the city, A relatively short trail that you can hike through in an hour or two.
Cons: The Park is free, but parking is not. You’ll pay a dollar an hour. The trail is in a ravine and can be prone to flash flooding, The winters are longer here than most of the country, and the path could be treacherous in winter.
The Trail is a real gem and not to be missed if you are visiting the twin cities.