High Falls on the Pigeon River is very underrated both nationally and statewide. Minnehaha Falls and Gooseberry Falls are more famous but the High Falls on the Pigeon River blows them away.
The falls are located on Minnesota/Ontario border and fall 120 feet before roaring down a narrow gorge and emptying into Lake Superior. Neither the falls, the trail nor the state park visitor center are on state of Minnesota land. Minnesota and the Grand Portage Indian Reservation manage the state park as a unique partnership with the state park being on reservation land.
Rating and length – easy – <1 mile (30 minutes)
Accessibility – The paved trail is handicapped accessible almost the entire way to the falls. I think (but can’t remember) that there are some stairs to the viewpoints.
How to get there – Grand Portage State Park is located on Hwy 61 at the Minnesota/Ontario border. The border crossing is within sight of the visitor center on the north side of the road. Park at the Grand Portage State Park Visitor Center.
The hike – The hike starts behind the visitor center on a paved trail. There are two viewpoints for the High Falls and a connecting trail to the Middle Falls (4.4 mile round trip hike). There are also viewpoints on the Canadian side of the border in Pigeon River Provincial Park.
Cost – no state park permit is required to park at the visitor center
GPS – N48.004325 W89.597964
Date visited – 6/30/2016
Guidebooks – Both guidebooks below include directions to the High Falls on the Pigeon River.