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“Cascade Loop”

Cascade River State Park
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Lutsen
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Owner description: Northshore park known for its breathtaking waterfalls.
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Cascade Loop”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great if you want to get a feel for the beauty of the area but don't have the day to spend hiking. No charge to use this trail, but the access area can get tricky being right on Hwy. 61. Many great photo ops, bring the bug spray, and if you have young kids keep them close. Also, be prepared to encounter muddy and slick areas in spring/early summer and after rain. We encountered a woman who slipped on a muddy slope and broke her ankle...not easy to access so took a couple of hours to get medical help to her. That said, the falls and overlook are well worth the stop.

Visited June 2014
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57 reviews
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“Great Place for the Family - Keep an Eye on the Little Ones!”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

For readers on Trip Advisor, I am reviewing the short Cascade River hiking loop only, not the entire state park. Our family does this short hike numerous times each year. We live just five miles away and seeing the falls and crossing the road to see Lake Superior is fun for everyone in our family. Know that this trail is also connected to the Lake Superior Hiking Trail as well.

If you are in a hurry, it is just a short 5 minute walk from the highway up to the bridge which is where most people take their pictures. This gives you a great shot of the largest waterfall. However, if you go to the far left of the bridge over to the westernmost edge you will see a small lookout which is the best place for a picture (in my opinion) as you can see the numerous falls and the river coming your way. I have a picture included so you know what I mean.

The trail is marked well and is well taken care of. Keep an eye on little kids. There are edges where if you fall, there is no coming back. Young kids cannot just run crazy and unattended. After a rain, the river is fun to watch, just know that there are places on the trail and on the rocks that will then be a bit slippery.

Beyond the bridge at the halfway point, you can continue up the trail a bit more on the eastern side of the river you come out at the top and it is a neat place to walk along the river and even have a picnic if you prefer the scenery over a picnic table by the Lodge.

One thing to note for families, know that Highway 61 is the one major highway along the North Shore. People speed through this 40 zone frequently, so watch your kids and respect the highway. Overall, a great place with great scenery. If you are coming up the shore, this stop can be as short or as long as you want it. Make the stop, it is worth it.

Visited June 2014
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190 reviews
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“Great park and waterfalls”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

We visited this park while driving the scenic drive off Hwy 61 The walking trail is marked well and very well maintained. The waterfalls were awesome and a must see. I highly recommend a stop here to stretch your legs and visit the falls. Go in the early morning to avoid the crowds, take plenty of mosquito repellant as the mosquitoes are really pesky!

Visited June 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful park”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

Great stop when you're in Lutsen. You can walk a short while to see waterfall or walk a bit more to see even more waterfalls. Really beautiful and worth the short drive.

Visited May 2014
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Deerwood, Minnesota
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“Snow shoe trails were great”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

The temps were warm so snow was soft, but easy to get around in snow shoes. Stay on the path...the snow is almost waist deep if you step off the trail!

Visited March 2014
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