Hiking on the Cascade River
The North Shore of Lake Superior has a number of wonderful places to hike. State Park hiking trails, rivers, the beach, the Superior Hiking Trail or even just along dirt roads you can easily find a place to stretch your legs. Cascade State Park is just a few miles out of Grand Marais(10) and it’s one of my favorite places to hike.
The trails at Cascade allow you to hike through Aspen, birch, pines, spruce and cedar trees. In the last three miles of the Cascade River the river drops over 900 feet creating a number of waterfalls and cascades. You can make a round trip hike by walking along the west side of the river for a little under 4 miles and then cross the County Road 45 bridge to the east side of the river to head back towards Highway 61 for a little under 4 more miles. There are numerous places to rest alongside the river or dip your feet in the river.
There are other trails to choose from including one along the Lake(approximately 3 miles round trip), one up to Lookout Mountain(3.5 miles round trip), one down to a secret waterfall(2.8 miles round trip), one up to Moose Mountain(8 miles round trip), trails to the campground, cross-country ski trails and connector trails.
Cascade State Park is a great place to hike with trails of all lengths to choose from and wonderful waterfalls of all shapes and sizes.