• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

A scenic loop with waterfalls and lakeside views. You will see some wildlife and wildflowers.

This trip through Willow River State Park shows off beautiful views of Little Falls Lake and Willow River on your way to the falls. In the spring, wildflowers won't disappoint. An overall scenic and rewarding hike.

Pack List

  • Walking shoes
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Camera
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Went here by fluke when traveling home from Minnesota to Chicago. Dead of winter -6° outside. Best experience ever, winter needs to be added to this. As cold as it was, beautifully marked trails, a rushing (yet frozen) waterfall, streaming rivers, and a community of other hikers, snowshoers, & sightseers that was well worth the layers of clothing and gear I had to wear.

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

A cool little spot. Easy access from the parking lot and the hike was pretty short. Definitely worth the stop

8 months ago
8 months ago

I visited at the end of Winter and the falls and trials still had a bit of ice on them. It was still very beautiful. I returned in the Spring and it was sort of crowded on the trail but it did not take away from the parks allure. It's a great trail for a family or small children no matter where you are in the park to start your trek to the falls.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Not bad, the waterfall was beautiful! However, we went the "Lake" to walk along it and apparently it had been drained so there is only a small river at this point.

11 months ago
11 months ago

There is also sport climbing in a cave right next to the falls.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We came in from the River Road trailhead because the other lots were full. Beautiful stepped falls made it worthwhile. The falls were pretty crowded (Labor Day weekend).

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I hiked from the waterfall parking lot to the waterfall and it was a pleasant time. The paved path is pretty steep but not too difficult and the waterfall is absolutely worth it. Take your lunch and enjoy the cool water running over your feet while taking in the rushing water. It's a bit crowded on the weekends but still enjoyable, especially if you can find your own spot in the shade.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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Beautiful views on all of the walking trails. Playing in the waterfall was a blast too.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great place to just sit and enjoy the falls! I didn't do much hiking but great area to picnic at and share laughter! It was great little winter trip this year!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

If you're are trying to fill the day and don't mind a short hike try driving to the very end of the park to the broken down dam. Then hike along the river for a couple miles until you have to get back onto the trail. Once you're back on the trail you're pretty much at the falls. Don't be confused by the map! There is no longer a lake. I did this hike in both the fall and winter. Obviously be careful by the water. Personally I thought the falls were much cooler in the winter when they were almost frozen over! When I went the first time in the fall my friends and I hung hammocks under the bridge and were able to go under the fall. Definitely worth a trip.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

My husband and I found this gem of a park while looking for places to take our engagement photos. The falls are a beautiful backdrop for pictures, as well as a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A great place to visit in the fall with the changing of the leaves!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Allison Herreid Explorer

Minnesotan in New Hampshire | Grad student at UNH | Instagram: @allisonherreid

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