The rest of the Willow family has been to Hidden Falls several times. Oddly enough I had never seen the actual falls part of Hidden Falls even though we as a family have visited and enjoyed Hidden Falls Regional Park before.
We had visitors earlier last month and thought a small walk would be good. We decided to see the falls. What we encountered was a reminder that we had had a heavy snow and strong winds prior to this trip. Many trees had fallen in the days prior. The snow and ice still on the path made this short walk more of an adventure.
When we arrived to the falls it was pleasant. Although they are not a big display like other waterfalls we’ve seen in the past, the environment as a whole was nice as I felt truly in the midst of nature despite how close to the roads we were. I hope to visit this summer (bug spray administered) to see how it looks in other seasons.
On our way back towards the parking lot we took the time to observe the eagle nest at the top of one of the very tall trees along the river. It is very important to stay clear of these nests by a long distance. It did appear that they were guarding their nests which can be over 2000 pounds and the size of a small European hatchback car.
Bye for now.
As a side note: I did not visit the revamped park area and multipurpose living zone on this trip, I did a few days later with a friend when much of the snow melted. We did climb the rock stairs and it was a wise move for our visitors to not attempt to climb on that day as it is a few stories high. I was told that the restoration of the top of the falls really changed the look of the falls. In my research, I agree that it was far more natural before, but I feel in a a decade or so many of the new stones will weather well. This city park area north of the falls only recently opened and used to be a Ford Manufacturing plant that made Ford Ranger Pickup Trucks. This is a long time coming as the lot had been vacant for around a decade. The park even have areas for small fossil hunting and hammock stands that look like a public sculpture. If you want a last minute picnic the Lunds & Byerlys is right there. It should be no surprise that the parks are just south of Ford Parkway in St. Paul.