Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage

4.9
#20 of 85 in Nature in Minnesota
Grand Portage State Park is a state park at the northeastern tip of Minnesota, USA, on the Canada–United States border. It contains a 120ft waterfall, the tallest in the state, on the Pigeon River. The High Falls and other waterfalls and rapids upstream necessitated a historically important portage on a fur trade route between the Great Lakes and inland Canada. This 8.5mi path plus the site of forts on either end are preserved in nearby Grand Portage National Monument. The state park, held by the surrounding Grand Portage Indian Reservation and leased to the state of Minnesota for $1 a year, is the only U.S. state park jointly managed by a state and a Native American band. It is also the only Minnesota state park not owned by the state.
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  • They have a nice clean rest area good for picnic or a pit stop. But the trail to the falls is why you want to go. They have a great paved trail to the falls. The trial has some stairs to climb so it's...  more »
  • A great place to visit. Great park staff. Easy (& free) parking. The park is fee as well. Guided tours available or walk the grounds yourself.  more »
  • This is a nice state park with many hiking opportunities...a short hike to High Falls and the longer hike to Middle Falls. Definitely recommended you go and spend some time exploring in the park!  more »
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  • Really great park and rest area right outside the border crossing. High falls is awesome to see and readily accessible. Rest area was clean with plenty of parking.
  • Nice Scenic park with Beautiful falls. Serene. Love it.
  • It was so beautiful. Walking the trails was the most fun!
  • Awesome views. Cycled from st.paul to see this place
  • If you've never been there in the winter, it's totally amazing. I downgraded the rating as the only employee inside the visitor's center was incredibly rude when asked about the trail conditions (I think information about accessibility to various areas after a foot of snow is worth a full and cordial answer--in the winter some of these park trails aren't safe for some people).

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