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Along the Trail
The trail takes you along the Mississippi River, allowing you to practically step out onto the river on an overlook platform and watch the boats and barges go by.
Continue along the trail past Lock and Dam #2, over a dike holding back the Mississippi backwaters, and up to a gorgeous river bluff overlook and catch glimpses of Bald Eagles soaring overhead.
Travel along the Mississippi River, but also along the banks of the Vermillion River, using underpasses on County Road 46/47 and Highway 61 to stop for a break at Vermillion Falls Park, where you can take in beautiful, 35-foot Vermillion Falls in a limestone ravine. Another highlight along the route is the new Hastings Riverwalk, which connects two city parks located right on the Mississippi River. Levee Park is a perfect spot for summer entertainment with an outdoor concert venue that fills up with live music, classes and outdoor movies from May through September. Other must-see stops are the Vermillion Gorge Bridge with its expansive river views and ruins of the old Ramsey Mill.
On the northwestern edge of the loop near Egle Bluff Park, connect with the Mississippi River Trail Scenic Bikeway (MRT) and the Mississippi River Greenway (Dakota County Parks) and reach the Fahey Ave trailhead at Spring Lake Park Reserve after another eight miles. A future completion of another 2.8-mile segment will have this route connect into Saint Paul. At Hastings Bridge Plaza the northeastern edge of the trail, take the paved Point Douglas Regional Trail, also part of the MRT, across the Mississippi River into Prescott, WI.