About Hidden Falls
The park dates back to 1887, when it was selected by Horace Cleveland, a nationally known landscape architect and park planner, as one of four major park sites for the City of Saint Paul. Except for the use of a portion of the land as a tree nursery, no improvement was made in Hidden Falls Park until 1936-37, when the WPA carried out an extensive improvement program on the site. Featured in the park was a small spring-feed waterfall from which the park got its name. In the mid 1960's the park took much of its present form as work began on the park's four primary use areas: the primitive area, boat launching area, general picnic area, and scenic falls area.
With about 6.7 miles of paved trails, the park provides a beautiful setting for an afternoon's walk, run, or ride. Trails run along shady, wooded bottomlands next to the Mississippi River, past scenic picnic areas, and connects to the Mississippi River Boulevard parkway.
Expect to catch primarily panfish when fishing the Mississippi River banks. One DNR official called the Mississippi River "the fishin' river of Minnesota." It has a fantastic array of gamefish such as walleye, sauger, northern pike and muskie. Standard state regulations apply to fishing on the Mississippi. Call (651)259-5831 for more fishing regulation information.
Note: Boat launch is located at Hidden Falls North (Magoffin entrance)
PARK RESERVATION INFORMATION
Hidden Falls has an open shelter that covers 12 of 16 picnic tables and seats approximately 60 people. Electricity is available at a 110 volts. Multiple crock pots, coffee pots, roasters and other electric items may cause overloads on the power source.
Also Available are the following: drinking fountains, horseshoe pits, 2 fire rings, 1 boat launch, paved trails and barbecue grills which are located around the site.
Note: The possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited in this park.
Please call the Park Permit Office at 651-632-5111 for more information or to make a reservation. Office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Dogs - Please remember that despite the wilderness setting of Hidden Falls Parks, it is still a city park and subject to the same rules for dogs as any other city park. Pets must be licensed and secured by a leash six feet or less. Owners are required to carry clean-up materials for their pets' droppings. Anyone violating these rules are subject to ticketing. Remember, loose dogs and wildlife don't mix!
Skates/Skateboards/Bikes - may be used only on designated bike paths. Motorized vehicles have the right of way at all intersections with bike paths. Bicyclists are allowed only on bike paths and roads reserved for vehicular traffic.
Fires/grills - Barbecue grills are available, and people may bring their own grill for outdoor cooking. Recreational fires are allowed only at fire rings.
Call Parkwatch, 651-646-3535:
- for help in resolving conflicts or potential conflicts occurring on park property.
- to report vandalism or other crimes occurring on park property.
- Call 911 in an emergency
- DO NOT leave valuables in your car!