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Vermillion Falls Park

A spectacular urban waterfall, only a short hike away
Just outside of Hastings' well-preserved, historic city center is Vermillion Falls Park. Our intention was not to have our family/engagement/senior portrait taken, unlike most of the park's occupants, but to explore the Vermillion River waterfall.

A short walk along the paved trail brought us to a long wooden bridge. I looked down and was surprised to see a dramatically deep limestone gorge below. A few minutes later, we arrived at the observation deck and managed to wriggle through a Harley gang to catch a glimpse of the 35' waterfall. The view was impressive, but we wanted to get a little more up close and personal with nature.

After searching for a few seconds, we located a well-beaten path in the trees that led us along the river bank, all the way to the base of the falls. We climbed onto the slick limestone and stood for a few moments, soaking in the view, the mist and the solitude those above us didn't get to experience. Hiking down there was 15 minutes well spent.

215 21st St E, Hastings, MN 55033, USA
+1 651-480-6175
Sun - Sat 6am - 10pm