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Grand Portage State Park

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Address: Grand Portage, MN
Phone Number: 2184752360
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Managed by the Ojibwe tribe, this area leads to Minnesota's tallest...

Managed by the Ojibwe tribe, this area leads to Minnesota's tallest waterfalls.

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Great Falls

The falls were beautiful! Was a nice easy walk on a paved trail. The trail had good information markers telling the Indian history and history of the falls themselves.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A well maintained easy to walk pathway takes you through the trees to a great overlook to see the lovely waterfall on the Pigeon River that forms part of the border between the USA and Canada. It is these very falls that the portage was created around by and for the fur traders that you can learn about just a... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

The falls were beautiful! Was a nice easy walk on a paved trail. The trail had good information markers telling the Indian history and history of the falls themselves.

Thank P263QVkenh
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254 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

You don't want to miss this park. It is not a very long hike to the top. Well paved and also a board walk in spots. Beautiful in the fall. Make sure you go when there is plenty of water in the river.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Grand Portage State Park is not the typical Minnesota State park with large campground and lots of recreational activities. What it does have is Minnesota's highest waterfall - Pigeon Falls or the High Falls. Recently, after recovering from double hip replacement, I needed to do something active to celebrate my newly recovered mobility. I chose a hike to the High... More 

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Redlands, California
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431 reviews
212 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We drove from Grand Marais up to Grand Portage just to visit High Falls and it was well worth the drive. The one mile round trip hike down the wheel-chair accessible trail was gorgeous. The concussive sound of the falls was impressive as we could hear them well before we saw them. Several viewpoints offer different perspectives of the falls.... More 

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Cohasset, Minnesota
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Access to the park is free. The highlight of the park is High Falls which is the highest waterfall in Minnesota. It is a short walk on a well maintained trail to a couple of viewing platforms. You can see the falls as well as parts of the canyon downstream. Another set of falls is 1.5 miles farther down the... More 

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Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The view was so beautiful. We had a delightful hike and the final destination was truly a treat. The waterfall can be viewed from many vantage points all of which a spectacular.

Thank WolfFood05
Cayman Islands
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

This is a must. Very easy walk to the high falls & the 10min stroll is tranquil & picturesque. I had a hard cast on my leg/ankle and made it just fine , I just walked a bit slower enjoying the surrounding beauty & the sounds . Just wish I could bottle the smell of the forest 🍂 don't miss... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We saw pretty much all the falls on the north shore except at Tettegouche. We thought Grand Portage was the best and was easy to access. State parks are free, but you need a parking permit you buy at the park headquarters.

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Located 36 miles north of Grand Marais, MN on Highway 61, the park entrance is on the left side right before the U.S. Customs Station on the border with Canada. It has the state's highest waterfall, High Falls of the Pigeon River, at 120 ft. It was because of these falls that voyageurs during the 1700s & 1800s had to... More 

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