Afraid of heights?
Cascade River State Park is home to the winding Cascade River that spills into a stunning falls just before it’s finally fall into Lake Superior. Hikers can follow trails that loop around the river and the park including an elevation gain that provides beautiful vantage points for the park and the lake.
Where is it?
Hiking here is part of the state park located about 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais.
Hiking Cascade River
There is a major loop through the park and around the lake that’s just shy of 7.75 miles while the park in total has nearly 20 miles of trails.
For those who just want to see the river and the falls, a quick stop off of highway 61 allows you to visit the falls to the west and the river spillway to Lake Superior on the east.
Stairs and paths to the falls and the river make the hike from the road easy for those passing by.
Those with more time can take in the hike up the hill to Lookout point and views of Lake Superior.
Not all of the trails are in state park but there is plenty to see and hike through around the river.
You should know
The falls make a great stop and photo op for winter trips. The outer layer freezes while you can still hear water rushing behind the layer of ice.