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Photos courtesy of City of River Falls Historic Preservation Commission and Chamber of Commerce.
River Falls exemplifies the best Wisconsin has to offer with its perfect combination of outdoor activities, arts, cultural events and hometown charm. Nestled on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River, River Falls is a bustling community of 15,000 and the home of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Conveniently located 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, River Falls features a historic Main Street adorned with specialty shops, antique stores, and art galleries/studios. Dine at one of our family-friendly restaurants or eateries that offer delicious, home-cooked meals—open year round!
Unlimited, year-round opportunities abound for outdoor adventurists. The Class 1 designated trout stream, the Kinnickinnic River, is a treasure trove enjoyed by fly fishing enthusiasts from the Upper Midwest. Kayak adventurists traverse through towering canyons and serene land-scapes. A local outfitter will even drop you off and pick you up. It was the “Kinni” that drew city founder, Joel Foster, to the area in 1848.
As a designated bronze-level biking community, the River Falls area offer miles of scenic and rugged trails. The Whitetail Ridge is a Twin Cities favorite for mountain bikers looking for an ever-evolving challenge. Excellent greens and affordable prices make River Falls the preferred destination for area golfers. The 35-acre Glen Park features bountiful tall trees with ball fields, a swimming pool and a must-see suspension bridge—the perfect starting point for miles of trails for hikers.
To highlight a couple of the great community events that take place in River Falls year round, Art on the Kinni, Bacon Bash and the River Falls Bluegrass Festival should definitely be put on your “bucket” list. The bustling University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus also offers an abundance of cultural events including concerts, lectures, fine art exhibits, and plays presented by its theatrical group. The newly completed, lighted, stadium-style ballpark features a covered grandstand and seating for around 300 spectators. Located near Hoffman Park, this community owned ballpark demonstrates that where great people reside, dreams become a reality.
Whatever the season, whatever the reason—your experience in River Falls will most certainly be a memorable one! .