Hidden Falls Regional Park

A lone Cottonwood Tree with roots going into the beach overlooking the Mississippi River in the background.

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This beautiful park is set just below Lock and Dam 1 (Ford Dam). The landscape ranges from manicured park to wilder slopes and forest. It's a great place for birding, fishing, picnicking, walking, and bicycling. Hidden Falls itself is a small waterfall off the beaten path. It may be dry in periods when we have little precipitation.


In 1887, Hidden Falls Regional Park was one of the four original park areas selected for St. Paul by noted landscape architect, Horace Cleveland. Cleveland’s underlying philosophy was to preserve landscape features and the nature that shaped those features while making the parks accessible for all people to enjoy and not just the wealthy. He went on to greatly influence the park systems in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, as well as other Midwestern cities.

The park still contains a primitive setting where nature abounds, in addition to more developed areas.

Hidden Falls is separated from Crosby Farm Park by the Watergate Marina, but connected by the trail system.


Bicycling and walking trails, picnicking/shelter, grills, fire rings, boating, birding, and fishing opportunities abound in this park. A short hike through the woods upstream from the picnic shelters will bring one to the creek. Take the informal trail to the right to the falls. Hiking further up the main trail will bring the hiker to a gravel beach area below Lock and Dam 1. This is also a favorite fishing spot for many.

Hours, Directions, and Contact Information

  • The northern unit is open from sunrise to 10:00 p.m.; the southern unit is open from sunrise to 9:00 p.m., unless otherwise posted.
  • North Entrance - 1296 Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul, MN 55116
  • GPS: 44.909330, -93.191692
  • South Entrance - 1846 Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul, MN 55116
  • GPS: 44.896871, -93.182349
  • See their website for more information and to reserve picnic shelters.

Nearby Sites

Crosby Farm Regional Park, Lock and Dam 1, Coldwater Spring, Minnehaha Falls Regional Park.

Last updated: February 28, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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