There’s nothing quite like a Midwestern fall—the colorful foliage, the crisp air and the breathtaking views that envelop our community. Several hiking trails are located throughout the Valley. Some, like Interstate State Park or Willow River State Park, though no less beautiful, are more well known than others. Here are two of my favorite hikes around the Valley, both of which are family-friendly.
Vermillion Falls Park
On the southern end of the Valley is Vermillion Falls Park. Located in Hastings, Vermillion Falls features a 35-foot waterfall and limestone ravine (which was once used to power a gristmill), an overlook of the Vermillion River and ruins from Old Mill Park (built in 1856). 215 21st St. E., Hastings; 651.480.6175; visithastingsmn.org
St. Croix Boom Site
Originally serving as a log boom operation site and located near Stillwater, the St. Croix Boom Site features a one-mile round-trip trail running along the St. Croix River. Locate the stairs on the north side of the parking lot, and follow the well-worn trail to the waterfall—be on the lookout for the limestone cliffs and a large cave along the way. Located off MN-9, Stillwater; 405.533.8433