Cascade River State Park doesn’t have one major waterfall but there over 10 waterfalls and cascades to check out. It is located just a few miles away from Grand Marais and has many miles of trails for hikers.
If you are lucky you might find pink ladyslippers (photo) in bloom from May to July. We saw 2 or 3 of them on our hike.
Rating and length – easy – about 1 mile (short loop hike) (various longer trails available)
Accessibility – The well built trails and the state park are easily accessed from Hwy 61.
Caution – Many steep cliffs are near the best views.
How to get there – Cascade River State Park is located at mile marker 101 on Hwy 61 but you will cross the Cascade River near mile marker 100. It is preferred that you park within the state park but parking is available on Hwy 61 but it requires a road crossing.
The hike – The hike is pretty straight forward. The most important part is that you should walk on both sides of the river for the short loop. You can start at either the Hwy 61 bridge over the Cascade River (requires crossing the Hwy) or within the state park near the campground (preferred).
Seasonality – likely year round
Cost – a state park permit ($5/day or $25/year) is not needed to park at Hwy 61 and access the trails. A state park permit is needed to park within the state park and access the trails.
GPS – N47.709519 W90.523957
Date visited – 7/1/2016
Other nearby waterfalls – Caribou Falls – Manitou River Falls – Baptism River Falls (Tettegouche)
Cascade River State Park is detailed further in both of the excellent guidebooks below