See a Map of Some of The Best Waterfalls in Minnesota

There always seems to be something that residents haven't come across, or have always wanted to check out. Minnesota's Scenic Waterfall Loop is one on my bucket list.

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There are so many to choose from, but this MN waterfall loop, in particular, is not where most folks go to check out waterfalls. These waterfalls are all in South Central Minnesota.

The Minnesota Waterfall Loop You'll Want To Take For Your Next Roadtrip

1. Minnehaha Falls

This one starts at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. The falls are in Minnehaha Park on the shores of the Mississippi River including picnic areas, trails, and of course, the 53-foot falls.

Photo by Jenna Stensland on Unsplash
Photo by Jenna Stensland on Unsplash
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2. Vermillion Falls 

The loop rolls to Vermillion Falls in Hastings, Minnesota. Just a short drive from Minnehaha Falls, these falls are easy to visit but some of the views are obstructed.

Vermillion Falls - Hastings, MN
Vermillion Falls - Hastings, MN (credit: Mindy Hiatt)
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3. Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls is near Nerstrand, Minnesota in Big Woods State Park. There are some spectacular spring flowers to check out, along with the beautiful falls.

Hidden Falls - Photo by Aaron Galloway Townsquare Media Rochester/Preston
Hidden Falls - Photo by Aaron Galloway Townsquare Media Rochester/Preston
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4. Caron Falls

Caron Falls, near Northfield, Minnesota (not far from Big Woods State Park) is almost a bit of a secret but totally worth a visit! Spring, Summer, or Fall the falls are beautiful and an excellent stop on this Waterfall Road Trip.

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5. Minnemishinona Falls

Minnemishinona Falls in Mankato has a scenic overlook, 42' waterfalls located on the Judson Bottom Road.

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6. Minneopa Falls

Minneopa Falls is the next stop on the road trip. Also near Mankato, is one of the most scenic falls in the southern part of the state. Minneopa Creek tumbles over and plummets nearly 40 feet into a beautiful gorge on its way to meet the Minnesota River. Even in the winter, these falls are beautiful!

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7. Red Rock Falls

Red Rock Falls is the second-to-last stop on the road trip. Located at Red Rock Falls County Park near Sanborn, Minnesota, this scenic fall is small but beautiful. Located right off Highway 71, this might be a short stop, but well worth your time.

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8. Ramsey Falls

Ramsey Falls is the final stop on this Waterfall Road Trip. It is located in Redwood Falls at Ramsey Park and at 256 acres in size, Ramsey Park is the largest municipal park in the State of Minnesota. The falls are beautiful, too.

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There are so many wonderful waterfalls to check out in Minnesota. We have the full tour on this specific road trip below. You can get the directions here. 

According to Only In Your State, the loop covers about 340 miles, making it a great weekend road trip for family and friends.

The waterfall route covers a wide swath of southern Minnesota, starting in Minneapolis and quickly heading west. The route is about 340 miles. It would make a great weekend trip.

Each of the eight waterfalls has its own scenic beauty and whether it is the very popular Minnehaha Falls or a more peaceful spot like the Hidden Falls near Nearstrand, there is something for everyone.

One of my favorite parts of this loop is that it takes you to a part of the state that not many folks will visit. There are some very cool things to see in this part of the state, and this loop of eight scenic waterfalls is just one great way to do it.

Check out some photos of the waterfalls for yourself from Only In Your State. This is one road trip that I just might have to convince my wife to take. It looks like one great weekend trip.

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