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Cascade River State Park, Lutsen

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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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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  • 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. ...  read 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...  read more »
  • Short hike takes you over a bridge and you come back down on the other side. On the east side, about halfway down you may see Lady Slippers, the Minnesota State Flower. With "sharp eyes" you may see s...  read more »
  • 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's easy to get lost! If you want to go to a top notch park and have a good experience to here!
  • 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.
  • Stayed at backpack site 5 on Lookout Mountain. It's an easy 1.5 mile hike up, a couple short steep areas but mostly easy hiking and then a beautiful view from the peak. Staying up there at night on a clear night you can see the Milky Way and the moon reflecting off Lake Superior. Absolutely beautiful and worth it
  • Great hiking, beautiful waterfalls and good campsites. Don't come near July 4th. Very easy walk to the lake from main campsites. You can see the mouth of the cascade river. Superior Hiking Trails are great.
  • We camped on Lookout Mountain which is one of the backpacking sites along Superior Hiking Trail. It is about a mile and a half hike to get to the site and the view is amazing. There was a small shelter, picnic table, and enough room for two small tents. I'll go back again in a heartbeat!
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