Cascade River State Park Waterfalls | Grand Marais Outdoors Guide | Cook County Parks
Cascade River State Park Waterfalls | Grand Marais Outdoors Guide | Cook County Parks

Cascade River State Park Waterfalls

Cascade River State Park Waterfalls

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

Cascade River State Park Waterfalls | Grand Marais Outdoors Guide | Cook County Parks

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.

Cascade River State Park Waterfalls | Grand Marais Outdoors Guide | Cook County Parks

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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.


About Superior Inn and Suites
At the Best Western Plus Superior Inn you’re sure to find that little something extra. With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will stand out among other hotels in Grand Marais,MN. For the business traveler, a spacious work desk and free internet access are included in all our guest rooms to ensure you don’t miss a beat while you’re away from the office.

For extended stays, each room provides a convenient in-room mini fridge that is ideal for drinks and snacks. We also have an in-house fitness room, so you can keep up your workout routine while you’re on the road. As always, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will provide you with the superior customer service that you are used to at any Best Western hotel.

Best Western Plus Superior Inn Grand Marais MN
Best Western Plus Superior Inn Grand Marais MN

We will definitely be back!

We LOVED the town of Grand Marais. This hotel was the perfect location to walk anywhere in the town. It was so convenient to just walk to restaurants, shopping and the beach. The view from the room was fantastic and unexpected. The room had a little patio that overlooked the lake. It was very clean and had a nice tile shower with a double shower head. So much nicer than what I expected. They also had a very nice fitness room, which I didn’t use since the weather was great and we got lots of exercise outdoors. But this would be great in the winter or inclement weather. There was a free breakfast which was nice. They kept it clean and well maintained, which I noticed and appreciated. Can’t wait for our next trip! We will definitely stay here again!

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Your Guide to Year-Round Grand Marais Recreation & Fun!

With over 400 lakes within a 25-mile radius, Grand Marais lives up to its reputation as a great place for year-round outdoor activities. Whether your activity choice is in, on or below the water (or even on land) Grand Marais offers a great variety of things to do for your entire family.

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