Cascade River State Park, Lutsen

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#2 of 26 in Trails in Minnesota
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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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Beautiful park! Perfect for a day hike, and they have a campground too! The hiking trails vary between easy and moderately challenging, and are all well-maintained. Highly recommend visiting if you're ever on the north shore.
  • Wonderful state park near BWCA. Great drive in campground with state-of-the-art facilities. The campground as brand new amenities including environmentally friendly restrooms, shower facility, and even a dish washing station on the outside. There are outhouses near every campsite and self-serve lockers of firewood where $6 will get you a bundle. Cascade River State Park is really close to several hikes and only 35 minute drive to the Eagle Mountain Trailhead which will take you to the highest point in Minnesota. Highly recommend.
  • We did the shortest loop which was quite easy and had very beautiful scenery. The views of the waterfalls were great and quite close. Great picture opportunities.

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