These selected walks are generally on hard-surfaced trails, relatively level and generally shorter than hikes. They also usually have amenities, such as restrooms and drinking water and easy access/parking.
This self-guided walk provides an introduction to the geology, history, and nature of the Mississippi River. Print the map found on the Healthy River, Healthy You webpage and download the .mp3 files to your smart phone. Plan on spending about 90 minutes on this 1.5 mile walk starting at the Mississippi River Visitor Center. The Visitor Center (free) is in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Museum has restrooms and food available in no-fee areas and parking is available at the ramp behind the Museum.
103 Portland Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Mill Ruins Park lies southeast of the Stone Arch Bridge on the west bank. The suggested walk takes paved or hard surfaced trails past the ruins of the flour mills and beneath the historic Stone Arch Bridge. Stroll past the mill races and ruins being sure to stop and read the interpretative panels along the way. The Mill City Museum is a great stop to learn even more about this fascinating area and has a small cafe as well.
Stone Arch Bridge (Map)
206 Main St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Water Power Park celebrates the location of the first commercial hydro-electric plant in the United States. Visitors can get close to
Minnehaha Regional Park (Map)
4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417
The Minnehaha Regional Park contains a series of easy paved trails take visitors around the gorge rim into which spills the beautiful Minnehaha Falls. The more adventurous walker can reach trails in the gorge itself via a series of stone staircases and walk trails along the swiftly flowing Minnehaha Creek as it winds its way towards the Mississippi River. There are both restrooms and restaurants in the area. There is a parking fee.