Experience the beauty of rivers and waterfalls as they coarse through a rocky gorge covered in moss and ferns. Hike the forested trail, stopping for scenic Lake Superior views. Park trails connect with the Superior Hiking Trail and the North Shore State Trail and offer year-round opportunities for hikers and cross-country skiers.
LOCATION: 3481 West Highway 61, Lutsen, MN 55612
| (218) 387-6000 | Website • 3.8 Miles From Hotel
When you see the Cascade River on its last three miles above Lake Superior, you’ll understand where it got its name as it flows down many ledges for a drop of 900 feet to Lake Superior. Stand on the footbridge that crosses the river, or watch from of the viewing spots above the river, and feel the power of the rushing river as it makes its way down the canyon of black volcanic rock.
Cascade River State Park Trails
Hiking Trails – 18 Miles: Trails take the hiker through a variety of terrain. Many scenic areas along trails. The Superior Hiking Trail also runs through the park.
Cross Country Skiing – 17 Miles: Trails range from easy to difficult. One loop is available for the less experienced skier. Trails connect to other local trails outside the park.
Snowmobile – 2 Miles: There are two miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the park that provide access to local trail systems, including the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail.
Snowshoe – Anywhere Except Groomed Trails: Please stay off groomed ski trails.
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Grand Marais Outdoor Activities Guide
In Grand Marais and Cook County, Minnesota you can enjoy Lake Superior – the world’s largest freshwater lake, visit Minnesota’s tallest mountain peak at Eagle Mountain, view the state’s highest waterfall in Grand Portage, ski the largest ski resort in the Midwest at Lutsen Mountains and enjoy Minnesota’s longest and most scenic biking trails. Stay awhie and find your adventure in Cook County!
Experience the spectacular chain of state parks, waterfalls, and seemingly endless list of year-round outdoor activities that are located on Highway 61 on the North Shore. From Gooseberry State Park (69 miles southwest) to Grand Portage State Park (40 mile northeast), eight State Parks provide a wide array of summer and winter outdoor fun. Grand Marais and the Superior Inn are a great place to stay for your outdoor adventure and easy access to these Highway 61 parks and all the other activities to be found north in Cook County, Minnesota.
Grand Marais and the Lake Superior North Shore offer hundreds of miles of cross-country skiing trails (hiking and biking trails in summer). In fact, Cook County, Minnesota has the largest network of cross-country trails in North America. You can stay close to Grand Marais, or head up from the lake shore area to the other cross country skiing trails. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required on all trails unless otherwise noted.