• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Minnehaha Falls Regional Park

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr. Minneapolis, MN 55417

Minnehaha Falls plunges 53' into the gorge amidst tree-lined embankments.

The New England poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, gave this Minneapolis waterfall national fame in the Song of Hiawatha, although he never saw the 53-foot falls he wrote of in 1853.

The Longfellow House Hospitality Center, which sits on the northwest end of Minnehaha Regional Park introduces the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 50-mile outdoor recreation loop in the Minneapolis area.

Other attractions at Minnehaha include the John H. Stevens House, the Princess Depot, and the Minnehaha Falls Off-leash Dog Park.

Minnehaha Regional Park is a fee parking area using parking meters, passes, or fee stations.

Activities: The park contains four outdoor picnic sites and a picnic shelter with cooking and restroom facilities. Paved trails offer visitors the opportunity to see the park on bike or foot. Visitors can also walk along the Minnehaha Creek and follow it as it makes its way to the Mississippi River.

Hours: Please call for more information.

Contact Information: Call the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board at (612) 230-6400.



Did You Know?

Itasca, Headwaters of the Mississippi River

The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.