Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage

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#20 of 84 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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  • A wonderful stop on the last leg of the north shore drive. The park is big with very level walking trails. We went in the winter and the falls we're spectacular. In addition the park visitor center is a educational tool for all the native culture. We stayed and walked around the center for some time. It's a must trip if your in the area
  • This is my favourite state park in Minnesota because of the amazing view of the high falls which is the highest in all of Minnesota. The walk up to the falls is very easy in all seasons and is even handicap accessible. You also do not need a state park sticker to get it. You can also stop in to the visitor center and check out some native american art, learn some history and visit their gift shop if you wish.
  • Minnesota state parks are amazing and this is yet another that does not disappoint. Well worth the drive and the hiking is awesome. Beautiful falls, scenery, etc. You won't be disappointed
  • High Falls is Beautiful! Great staff! When we needed help getting back off the trail, they were more than Helpful & Caring! ("Thank You!)
  • It's right at the border with Canada. My cellphone was not working there because AT&T carrier was locating me in Canada! I love the trail. At some point you have a good view of superior lake. There are restrooms in visitor center if you need. There is a nice gift shop too.

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