Cascade River State Park, Lutsen

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Cascade River State Park is a state park near the northeastern tip of Minnesota, USA, on the north shore of Lake Superior. The park is in a rocky and rugged location, and has many different types of wildlife.Cascade River State Park is also connected to the Superior Hiking Trail.The site was originally named Cascade River State Wayside. It was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps starting around July 1934. One of the projects was a huge overlook wall, built from locally quarried gabbro. The roadside development plans were drawn by Arthur R. Nichols and Harold E. Olson. The project was considered a model for roadside development within the state, and possibly even outside the state. The development work was supervised and inspected not just by National Park Service employees, but also by members of the Minnesota Highway Department, staff of the Minneapolis Park Board, Civilian Conservation Corps individuals, members of the Minnesota Legislature, and even some Canadian officials. The wayside was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 2003.
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  • We're not hikers but we thought it would be nice to just take a lazy afternoon stroll through the park. There was nobody around on October 1 to help us or to take admission to the park. We assumed we ...  more »
  • We hiked the Cascade River up to the bridge. The trail is improved, with stairs in several spots, rails at photogenic places, but prepare for slippery conditions after rainfall. Hiking boots are safes...  more »
  • A good hike for inexperienced hikers and people looking for a couple hours stomping around in a very scenic area. Plenty of opportunities for pictures!  more »
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  • Great hikes for all ages. I bring my family here every year. My 1 year old goes into the kid pack, but my 2 year old can easily hike and see some of the waterfalls. Everything from easy and short loops to the more challenging and longer distances. Has easy parking, but can be full on nice summer days. The further in you hike, the thinner the crowds get. You can park and access some lake shore or park and hit the trails. Lots of water within a very short hike. I highly recommend just stopping and checking it out. If you want to stop at the picnic area just make sure that you have the appropriate park permit to do so. However, the parking off of Hwy 61 for the trails does not require a permit.
  • Beautiful hiking trails just off the shore of Lake Superior. If you want a spot to connect to the Superior Hiking Trail, this connects within the park. With that said, if you're just sticking around for a short hike, make sure you stay within the park. If you hit the Superior Hiking Trail you could be on there for miles before you get another opportunity to get off. Just follow the signs within the park and stay near the falls and you should be alright!
  • Easy hike to the falls right off of Hwy 61. 10 minutes round trip if you don't stop to take hundreds of beautiful photos.
  • Spent a very fun day here skiing! Trails were great and the scenery was beautiful!
  • Cascade River State Park is my favorite park along the North shore. You can see half a dozen waterfalls in a half mile walk and the views are spectacular. You can park within the park or on the bridge along the highway, but you'll need a permit either way. Make sure to at least see The Cascades from the wooden bridge and read about the "root beer falls." Also check out Cascade Falls further down the river. If you're in a hurry, you can probably see everything and be on your way in about an hour.
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