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Cascade River State Park, Lutsen
(4.8/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A nice, short hike to the waterfall, that was just perfect for a day of lots of exploring. Wasn't too strenuous, as our day was packed with stopping at all the state parks and hiking to the waterfall. 
  • The trails around the river are well maintained and beautiful. Highly recommended a nice long hike day. Take time to dip your toes in and soak up the sun. Gorgeous plants and views. Not to be missed. ...  more »
  • Awesome trout river in a great state park. Tons of hiking near the river and lots of "cascades" and falls to enjoy. You can literally hop rocks across some parts, while other parts will be massive gor...  more »
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  • I go to lots of parks and trails as a runner, skier, biker and more. I was incredibly impressed with Cascade park!! The park staff, campground host and grounds were outstanding. The trails were some of the most scenic, yet most challenging I've been to also! The only thing that was in need of improvement were to have more signs on the trails...it's easy to get lost! If you want to go to a top notch park and have a good experience to here!
  • Gorgeous. I visited the first week of October and the trees were just about to peak. We did the river loop hike and it rivaled hikes I've done in Colorado. You feel like you're in another world. The rooted pine forest was my favorite despite my love for moss and Fern forests, which there is also a lot of. I cant comment on the camping facilities, but everyone we talked to raved about them (minus the showers being closed that year)
  • There is no describing the beauty of this park. Multiple waterfalls cascade along the entire length of the river and will take your breath away. The Superior Hiking Trail goes through the park, and there are miles of lesser trails throughout. Lutsen and Grand Marais are a short drive away if you need supplies while staying at the camp grounds. This is unblemished native forest, peace for the soul.
  • One of my favorite parks, the cascading waterfalls are breathtaking. The hike can get a little challenging for some but if you're sure-footed and don't mind ascending the terrain you will enjoy it here. It's an older park with some steep drop-offs so use caution, especially if you have smaller kids. Be careful of erosion in spots on some of the trails.
  • What's there not to love? Nice hiking trails and the lookout mountain trail was a good workout. Very beautiful.